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SHANNON’S DAVID RYAN was victorious in his first fight as a professional boxer.

In a solid display, the twenty seven year old recorded a winning debut defeating tough journeyman Brayan Mairena on points (40-36) in an action packed four rounds.

Despite having no amateur boxing background, David kept it cool and composed for his lightweight debut which was broadcast by TG4.

Formerly a kickboxer where he won Irish, European and World titles, he entered the world of professional boxing this summer “because I’ve won everything as a pro kick-boxer. I won Irish, European and world titles. After that I just wanted to start over and I made the move to boxing”. He had been one of the top fighters to emerge from Shannon Kickboxing Club trained by Howie Vincent.

He teamed up with manager Ian Gaughran and trainer Shaun Kelly prior to the debut as part of the Mark Dunlop promoted MHD XV card which took place at Belfast’s Girdwood Community Hub. A four kilo cut was required for David prior to the bout.

A member of staff at the popular butchers owned by Denver Morrissey located in the Shannon Town Centre, David has already a memorable year which included buying a house and getting engaged to his long-term partner Leona O’Shea.

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