News April 2019

Dreams are already coming true for pro novice Ryan Moorhead


By @jamacd2011

Alongside the dream of winning titles, fighters yearn to box in big venues in their home city. Some achieve this feat late on in their careers while others simply never get the opportunity. Ryan Moorhead (1-0, 0 KOs), will accomplish this in only his second fight as he appears on Matchroom Sport’s ‘Mersey Beat’ card this weekend at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

“It’s a great opportunity to fight on such a big show so early on in my career.” Moorhead told Livefight yesterday. “I’m very thankful to be able to box on the bill. When I found out I was over the moon, I was buzzing. It’s a big show to be on for just my second fight. It’s always been one of my dreams to box in the Echo in front of a home crowd and with it happening on Saturday it all seems to be falling in to place.”

The 26-year-old was preparing for a fight on his manager, Steve Wood’s, show in the city next month but when the opportunity to fight on the card, headlined by Tony Bellew’s cruiserweight bow, training was intensified to make this dream a reality.

“I got a phone call off Steve [Wood] during last week and he asked me if I wanted to have a four rounder on the show. I said ‘yeah’ straight away, I jumped at it! I’ve got another fight after Saturday, Apr 26, so I was going to come down a little [in training] then step it up for that. Instead of coming down I just carried on to keep the fitness up for Saturday.”

Having made his professional debut less than two weeks ago at Floral Hall, Southport, he now makes the step up from small hall to arena. From boxing in front of a few hundred people, his next fight could be viewed by thousands. While some would find this prospect daunting, Moorhead is simply focussed on claiming another win.

“On the Southport show I had a lot of fans there. I was a bit surprised when I walked out, I didn’t know there was going to be that many. Obviously there is going to be a lot more in the Echo Arena but I just try to blank out the crowd ‘til after the job is done.”

Moorhead is trying his hand at the paid ranks later in life than many but feels this is the right time for him. The former Novice ABA finalist’s decision is in part down to finding himself on the wrong end of close calls, whilst in the headguard and vest.

“I’d been in the amateurs for a while and I’m now 26. I thought it was about the right age to turn over. I was starting to get a little bit fed up with the way the amateurs were going; some of the decisions when you boxed out of town and the pitter-patter style. I reckon my style suits the pros a bit more than the amateurs so I just reckoned it was the right time.”

Entrusted with guiding his professional career are Georgie Vaughan and Derry Mathews, based out of the latter’s DM Fitness Centre in the city. His decision to choose Vaughan, one of the most respected coaches in the country, was influenced by former super-middleweight British champion, Tony Dodson. The pair knew each other while training under John Rice and Moorhead followed his former gym mate to pastures new.

“I just came along with Tony and started training so Georgie and Derry got to know me a bit so I just asked if they’d like to train me. I’ve got an excellent team behind me. I couldn’t ask for anything better. We all bounce of one another and I’m learning a lot.”

While Moorhead completes one of his ambitions for his career this weekend, he has others; that through hard work, with the support and knowledge of his team, he hopes to accomplish in the super-featherweight division.

“For the first five or six fights, I’m just looking to learn the game, how it works and everything that comes with it. Then I’m looking towards an English or British title and from there move on to European. The dream is always to become World champion, it’s every boxer’s dream but I’m just going to take it step-by-step and see how it goes.”

Tickets for ‘Mersey Beat’ are on sale now priced at £30, £40, £60 & £100 through or by calling 0844 8000 400

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The show will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 7pm.

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