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The Beast From The East ready to showcase knockout ability again

Queensbury Boxing League - The Beast From The East ready to showcase knockout ability again

Jack Figg reports 

Russian heavyweight Roman Ship claims he has what it takes to grace the professional ranks as he prepares for his second fight in the league. 

Ship made his league debut in March on the ‘St Patrick's Day Showdown’ promotion and the former MMA fighter wasted no time in impressing fans with a destructive first round knockout triumph against Leighton Gronow and the league's newest heavyweight revealed to fans what they can expect. 

“I try adapt to my opponent and do everything necessary to win” Ship said. 

“I can fight in close or at range, I’ve got a reaction based defensive style, which makes me hard to hit also I can sit down on the punches and generate a lot of power when I need to."

The heavyweight dubbed ‘The Beast From The East’ meets Ramsgate boxer Paul Watts who was last defeated by Carl Kinslow in May last year, Ship however has not paid much attention to his opponent. 

“All I know is he’s bigger than me and has been training hard to come back to Queensbury so could be a challenging fight” Ship said. 

“My sparring has been much harder for this fight and I think it  will be challenging.” 

Ship competed in five MMA bouts before making the transition from cage to ring and the heavyweight revealed the change in sports came through wanting to test himself and admits he enjoys the element of focussing on just one aspect of fighting.  

“I’ve always have done boxing as a hobby and competed in combat sambo which is boxing with wrestling, so now I thought it’s time to do boxing competitively and try something new” he said. 

“In MMA you have to stay sharp in many disciplines whereas boxing you can focus all your energy on one thing so it’s a little bit easier.” 

Although Ship turned some heads with his impressive debut the Russian insisted he is in no rush to challenge for titles as he is still in the early stages of adapting to the squared circle but did claim he has what it takes to turn professional. 

“We will see after this fight” Ship said when reflecting on potential title fights. 

 “I haven’t competed in boxing before so will see how things go and gain experience. 

“But I I believe I could go pro for Queensbury and be the heavyweight champion. I’ve been training all my life and been successful in Martial Arts and now I would like to do the same in boxing.” 

Ship will meet Watts on Saturday June 30th at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel on the 'True Grit' undercard.




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