Walsall boxer Ryan Woolridge believes 2022 has been “a big learning curve” as he looked ahead to next year.
The 22-year-old took his professional record to 4-0 this year, with two decision victories over MJ Hall and Dwain Grant, the latter being his first six-round fight.
In 2021, Woolridge fought on a Frank Warren undercard and also became the first boxer to come through Great Wyrley Boxing Club from amateur to pro.
But he claimed this year had been tougher at times.
He said: “It’s had its ups and downs, but it’s definitely been a big learning curve for me, both inside and outside of the ring.”
In the past month, he has been getting the rounds in with former WBO International super-middleweight champion Zach Parker.
Parker possesses a 22-1 professional record, despite his recent first career loss, a vacant WBO interim super-middleweight defeat to John Ryder.
Speaking about his sparring partner, Woolridge added: “Sparring with Zach doesn’t get any better.
“I think mentally and physically, it prepares you for any bridges you may need to cross in the future.
“Having it in your head that you’re around the best can only bring out the best in yourself.”
He is hoping for another promising year in 2023.
He said: “Going into 2023, I would like to be looking at getting a few more wins under my belt in preparation for potentially pushing for titles in 2024.”