Former amateur star Sandy Ryan signed promotional terms with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing in May 2021.
The 30-year-old Derby boxer, who claimed gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and silver at the 2014 World Championships, had been one of Team GB’s leading medal hopes for the rescheduled Tokyo Games before deciding to turn professional with STN Sports.
Ryan blitzed through her first three opponents in the space of five months before coming unstuck in a split decision defeat to Erica Farias on the undercard of Leigh Wood-Michael Conlan in Nottingham in March 2022. Ryan took an immediate rematch and avenged that loss unanimously on points five months later.
Trained by Clifton Mitchell, the Midlands talent ended 2022 with a points decision victory over former World Champion Anahi Sanchez to defend her WBC International Super-Lightweight Title.
In search of World Titles, Ryan moved up to Welterweight for a shot at the vacant WBO strap on the undercard of Rakhimov-Cordina in April 2023. Ryan decisioned Marie Pier Houle for the Title before jumping into a monster Unification with Jessica McCaskill in September. Many believed Ryan did enough to beat McCaskill but she was forced to settle for a split decision draw.