Boylan's television fame dream

Face for TV? Ricky Boylan

Face for TV? Ricky Boylan

First published in Boxing

Ricky Boylan has his fingers crossed he will finally become a television star.

Promoter Mickey Helliet has confirmed the 23 year-old from Carshalton will box on his ‘Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Man’ show at The Coronet Theatre in London’s Elephant and Castle on Friday, April 20.

Eurosport will be screening the show live and Boylan hopes he gets the chance this time to impress fight fans across Europe - after television cameras missed all the action from his last two fights.

His exciting wins over Radolslav Mitev and Ben Zakarani were both on televised shows – but the cameras had been switched off by the time Boylan got in the ring.

That meant armchair fans missed his thrilling one-round wipe out of Zakarani last month and Boylan admitted: “I was gutted they didn’t show the fight on television.

“All the cameras had been switched off by the time I boxed.

“Having the cameras there gives you an extra incentive to perform. It gives you a massive lift to think that thousands of people could be watching you and hopefully my next fight will be shown.”

Boylan has a fan-friendly style and goes into his next fight boosted by back-to-back stoppage wins.

“I’ve always been strong for my weight and I’m sitting down on my punches more now”, he explained.

“All my sparring partners tell me I’m hitting harder than ever.”

His sparring partners have included George Groves – and Boylan reports that the Commonwealth super-middleweight champion didn’t lay a glove on him.

He said: “George was working on his defence and movement, so I just attacked him and he didn’t throw anything back.

"He’s so strong and skilful. I learned so much about cutting the ring off.”

Croydon crowd-pleaser Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds tops the bill in his clash with Darryl Still for the vacant Southern Area welterweight title and tickets are available from 07585-918345.

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