Ryan Mulcahy believes his boxing pedigree will be too much for Ben Wager when the pair square up for the Central Area light-welterweight belt at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on July 15.
Mulcahy, who had over 80 amateur bouts and represented England in the unpaid code, is unbeaten as a pro at 8-0 (2). And with the seaside show getting a delayed airing on BoxNation the following week, the Liverpudlian says he is looking to put on an impressive display and court potential promoters by stopping Barnsley’s Wager in a ‘fight of the night’ performance.
“I think my pedigree will carry me through, just like Josh Taylor against Ohara Davies,” said the full-time professional.
“It’s not just my pro fights, I had lots of fights as an amateur and boxed a lot of GB kids. I believe my boxing brain will get me through but it will be a test getting used to the ten rounds and making the weight. It’s a good learning curve taking this fight against Ben Wager, and all the kids that have beat him have more or less gone onto bigger things.
“Every fight I’m in is a good fight; it must be my boxing style where I make them miss and make them pay. When I boxed Andy Keates in my last contest it was more or less ‘fight of the night’, and there was some good fights on that night. I can fight, box, mix it up but Ben Wager can come just come forward and fight, so it’s going to be interesting. I’m looking for a late stoppage because I want to make a statement, but I know if it doesn’t come then I can box and win the fight.
“I’m also excited about appearing on BoxNation. I haven’t got a promoter at the moment. I’ve boxed on some Sky shows and am now getting the opportunity to fight on BoxNation, so it’s the best of both worlds. I’d really like to be signed to a promoter though; I want to know when I’m fighting and get so many fights a year. So hopefully I can impress and something good comes of this.”
Wager, 12-8-1 (4), will have heard it all before. The more experienced Yorkshireman has been a pro since 2011 and been in with some hot UK contenders including Thomas Stalker and Martin J Ward. Having fought and lost for the title previously, against Manchester’s Kofi Yates in September 2015, Ben won’t be fazed by the Mulcahy challenge and will be determined to cause an upset against the up and coming prospect.
“I haven’t watched any of Ben’s fights, I leave that to my team,” revealed Ryan. “Obviously, I know who he is through the boxing circles. He’s with Carl Greaves so will be fit and strong, and is more of a forward type fighter. I believe I’m ready for him though due to my last fight when I took a bit of a gamble and boxed Keates. It was my first six-rounder and Keates is a stiff test if you’re not ready for him. I handled him quite easily and put him down, and with more rounds I might have got him out of there.”
Promoter Steve Wood said: “I’m looking forward to this one. Boxing for a title always brings out the best in fighters, this is a big stepping stone for Ryan and Ben, and there’s the added incentive that it will be shown delayed on BoxNation. They’ll both be giving it their all, and I’m expecting this one to be a show stealer.”
VIP Promotions presents an evening of boxing at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool on July 15.
Appearing on the show will be Blackpool’s Alex McCloy; Oswaldtwistle’s Adam Machaj; Nantwich’s Nathan Gorman; Bolton’s Jack Cullen; Liverpool’s Ryan Mulcahy, Jay Metcalfe and Tom Farrell; Darwen’s Mickey Ellison; Wigan’s James Moorcroft; Barrow’s Ross Cooksey, and Preston’s Scott Fitzgerald.
Tickets priced at £35 (general) and £60 (ringside) are available from vipboxing.tv, all boxers, and on the door on the evening.
The show will be shown on a delayed broadcast the following week on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490; Virgin 548; BT TV 415; Talk Talk 415; Freeview 255).