Enja Ryan is weighing up her next move after winning the WBC Welterweight Australasian Champion title belt in Tamworth earlier this month.
The Gunnedah boxer won by TKO (technical knockout) – a professional career first – when she stopped her opponent Noppaket Srisawas from Thailand in the sixth round.
“It was awesome to get the win that way,” Ryan said.
“Especially for an international belt.”
The win was one of her biggest boxing achievements to date since arriving on the professional boxing scene.
Ryan prepared well for the fight by alternating sparring work to ensure her arsenal was as versatile as possible.
The champion said a week off work in the lead-up to bouts has been a regular part of her pre-fight preparation and once again served her well.
Ryan knew her opponent had a good amateur record leading into the Tamworth bout and held an unbeaten 2-0 record in her professional career – both by TKO.
But the experienced Gunnedah campaigner also knew she had the skills to match.
“I was able to hold her at bay with my reach,” Ryan said.
Providing assistance along the way has been husband, Wade, a multiple-time international champion in his own right.
“To have my husband providing that support, it means a lot,” she said.
“He offers a great deal of experience.
“All my family is proud of my achievements, I’m very blessed.”
With a title defence on the cards, the Ryan camp is now weighing up its next move and whether that involves another bout in the same division or contest at the next level higher.
Ryan thanked the local businesses and supporters who have backed her all the way, vowing to take her career as far as possible.
Although the 32-year-old also acknowledged age is catching up quickly.
“Boxing is a young person’s game,” she said.
“I just want to push as hard as I can.
“I look forward to representing Gunnedah on the international stage.”To order photos from this page click here