Thun­der and light­ning

Ryan (Thun­der) Roz­icki brings the boom and crash in lat­est pro­fes­sional win

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The Cana­dian box­ing world knew Ryan Roz­icki had thun­der in his left hand. Now it’s clear he has light­ning in his right.

On Satur­day the Syd­ney Forks boxer racked up his sec­ond pro­fes­sional win, knock­ing out Ray Say­ers just 1:35 into the first round of a match on the World Class Box­ing card in Fred­er­ic­ton. And while the walk-off KO win was im­pres­sive, the man­ner in which the 22-year-old Roz­icki, who’s al­ways been known as a power puncher with a dev­as­tat­ing left hook, dis­patched the vet­eran Say­ers made the real state­ment.

Af­ter pa­tiently stalk­ing a cir­cling Say­ers around the ring, the 6-3, 195-pound Roz­icki landed sev­eral hard shots to the body to set up a nasty right hand that left his op­po­nent un­con­scious and dan­gling on the ropes over the judges’ ta­ble.

“It pretty well went ex­actly how we planned,” said Roz­icki, who told the Cape Bre­ton Post on Mon­day that he and coach Glen Wil­liams had been prac­tis­ing the mod­i­fied right cross that can also land as a pow­er­ful hook — as it did on Say­ers — if the op­po­nent is in closer range.

“That’s some­thing we’ve been work­ing re­ally hard on. If you’ve seen any of my fights, a lot of peo­ple talk about my left hook be­ing my dan­ger­ous punch — I’ve never been known for a big right hand — but we stud­ied Joe Louis — that’s kind of a Joe Louis right cross, a hook-cross kind of punch — and when you torque your body on it, the power that I’m get­ting out of it, it’s pretty scary to see in the gym, so we knew it was go­ing to work.”

Adding method to his men­ace has been the key to tak­ing Roz­icki from bruiser to boxer.

See­ing the tran­si­tion has been es­pe­cially re­ward­ing for Wil­liams, who has trained Roz­icki off and on since the trou­bled teenager who was con­stantly get­ting into street fights started the sport.

“I’ve been with Ryan since the first day that he walked in the gym, and to fi­nally see him re­ally put things to­gether like that and box as smart as he did, and as calm and re­laxed as he was, it’s like fi­nally, af­ter all these years he’s got it. He’s putting it to­gether. To say I’m proud of him is a mas­sive un­der­state­ment,” said Wil­liams.

“He’s a ma­ture, smart fighter now — and he’s still a kid. He has a ton of years ahead of him. His fu­ture, there’s no ceil­ing to it.”

Mak­ing the win even sweeter for Roz­icki is the fact it was his

first out of his own club, Thun­der Box­ing. A few months af­ter his first pro­fes­sional win (a third-round TKO over heavy­weight Don­ald (Ducky) Wil­lis of Wind­sor, Ont.) Roz­icki re­opened his old gym, the for­mer Syd­ney Box­ing Club, with the help of his man­ager/ fa­ther Bobby Cur­rie, Ben Gale, and coaches Wil­liams, Keith Mackin­non, Aubrey MacLeod and Chad Burns.

“That’s the first ever fight out of my club and I’m bring­ing back a pretty good win to start things off,” said Roz­icki. “When they were an­nounc­ing my name and I heard them say ‘Fight­ing out of Thun­der Box­ing,’ it kind of clicked in my head, like ‘Whoa, that’s pretty awe­some.’ I never re­ally thought about it un­til they were an­nounc­ing my name. It was pretty ex­cit­ing.”

Roz­icki not only came away with the vic­tory Satur­day night,

he also walked away with a new three-fight con­tract with L-Jack Pro­mo­tions, said Cur­rie.

“He looks like part, he’s a pure ath­lete, he’s a fan favourite and they think he’s a prospect to be the Cana­dian champ, so they want to be part of it as well as ev­ery­body else,” said Cur­rie, who noted Roz­icki can still fight for other pro­mo­tions as long as the card doesn’t take place within 30 days of an LJack event.

“The next step is now I’m go­ing to try to get him some more fights. I’d like to get him to have at least 10 fights or more — and I’m try­ing ag­gres­sively this year to get a lot of them — and af­ter that we’re look­ing at some belt fights. And pos­si­bly when he gets his first belt fight we’d like to try to work with one of the pro­mo­tion com­pa­nies and try to do it here in Syd­ney.”

Roz­icki said he’s al­ready set his long-term sights on a ti­tle, es­pe­cially now that’s he’s made the move down from heavy­weight to cruis­er­weight, where he can walk around at his nat­u­ral weight and his thun­der — and light­ning — boom and crash harder and louder.

“At heavy­weight I’m con­sid­ered a big puncher but at cruis­er­weight peo­ple told me that they would call me a mur­der­ous puncher at cruis­er­weight — maybe one of the hard­est punch­ers around pretty well,” he said.

“I think at heart I’m still a brawler — it’s still in there and if I was ever in a real gru­elling fight and it had to come out, it would be there to come out — but I’m feel­ing now that I do have the big knock­out power in ei­ther hand, but I think more in there and I’m more of a coun­ter­puncher now, and more of a boxer puncher, rather than just a pure puncher brawler.

“It’s only go­ing to get big­ger. Tthe more fights I get in, the more I get to prove.”


Ryan Roz­icki salutes the Cape Bre­ton fans af­ter his first-round knock­out win over Ray Say­ers in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., on Satur­day night. The Syd­ney Forks boxer im­proved to 2-0 as a pro­fes­sional.


Ryan Roz­icki, third from left, poses for a photo af­ter sign­ing a con­tract with L-Jack Pro­mo­tions fol­low­ing his sec­ond pro­fes­sional box­ing win on Satur­day night. Also pic­tured, from left, are Tyler Chetwynd and Bran­don Brewer of L-Jack Pro­mo­tions, coach Glen Wil­liams, Roz­icki’s fa­ther and man­ager Bobby Cur­rie and Aubrey MacLeod of L-Jack Pro­mo­tions.

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