Wade Ryan is the new NSW Middleweight Champion after a powerful display in Dubbo last week.
The Gunnedah boxer won a unanimous decision after going the full eight rounds with Sydney opponent, Michael Dan.
The fight was almost over in half the allotted rounds when Dan was quite literally, saved by the bell.
“I dropped him but the bell went before the eight count finished,” Ryan said.
The mid-round break was enough for Dan to regain his composure and forge on through the remainder of the bout.
“It was a tough fight,” Ryan said.
“He kept coming forward but we knew he would do that.
“We had trained for it and knew how to counter it.
“I kept working the jab, strong, straight punches.”
This is not the first occasion Ryan has held a NSW title.
The southpaw won his first in August 2013 but was forced to relinquish the claim due to injury.
So what’s it like to win his second in two years?
“Very satisfying, yeah I’m very happy,” he said.
This time the title is not going anywhere in a hurry and Ryan is looking to go bigger again with an Australian belt now in his sights.
The state win pins his professional fight record at eight wins from 10 bouts and his third consecutive victory.
On the night’s main event in Dubbo, Robert Toomey won the vacant IBO Oceania Super Lightweight Title on a unanimous decision fighting Filipino, Amor Tino.
Ryan thanked his training team of Richard Dumaluan, Spike Syphers and Rob Medley.
He also thanked sponsor Pete Briggs from ITC International and all his supporters who travelled to Dubbo for the title fight.
Next up on the cards for Ryan is likely a Gunnedah bout on May 23.