New Year, Same Goals for Local Boxer Ryan Watson

Watson will take on Raymond Ochieng from West Palm Beach, FL, who has 53 fights under his belt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ryan Watson isn’t big on new year’s resolutions. But he wouldn’t mind if his 2020 is anything like his 2019.

Watson had three fights last year and finished with two wins and a draw. And that was after stepping away from the ring for a few years. Watson says he was still able to keep his power, speed and boxing ability. The problem for him was just maintaining his weight.

“Training every single day and then taking two and a half year off of that, I put on a lot of weight. I got up into the 300’s and my normal fight weight is at 200. But I’m strong enough to fight with the heavyweights so I just figured we’ll get these fights in as we’re cutting the weight and get back down to cruiserweight,” said Watson.

Later this week, Watson will take on Raymond Ochieng from West Palm Beach, FL, who has 53 fights under his belt. But Watson’s last opponent had a similar amount of experience and he picked up the win in that bout.

“He’s awkward. He’s not having punches coming straight down the pipe like normal guys do. He’s flailing wild shots. He’s got a lot of fights but I’ve got a lot of amateur fights. It doesn’t really transition over the same, but I still have experience and I’m not going to go in there all tight and nervous,” Watson said.

The action will take place Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. First bell at 7 p.m. For ticket information, click here.

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