We caught up with The current EBU Bantamweight champion to discuss his future plans, his opponent on Saturday and travelling abroad to fight.
TWBW: Your win in Belgium went under the radar and not many people took notice, did this annoy you?
RF: No it didn’t annoy me, winning the belt is too good of an achievement to let anything get in the way of it and the recognition will come. I’m fighting on Saturday and I will show what I can do, I am happy with fighting on BoxNation and on the big Frank Warren bills. This will allow a lot of people to see what I can do.
TWBW: You have said your opponent for saturday has messaged you on instagram telling you that hes going to kill you. Is it a case of not letting him get in to your head so that you dont fight with anger?
RF: No I would not take anything like that in the ring with me that is how you get yourself hurt. I do not take any emotions in to the ring with me. You don’t get angry in sparring and if you do you’ll just end up getting your head punched in, you can’t fight angry and so I will be calm and focused on Saturday night. I will do what I have to do without getting angry or letting any of the social media stuff get in the way.
TWBW: The europoean title has now given you a world ranking. are you looking to challanenge for a world title by the end of this year or is there no rush?
RF: I am concentrating on Saturday but in the back of my mind I am looking at the IBF title. I am ranked 9th with the IBF and If I beat Guerfi on Saturday I will shoot up the rankings again. I want to try and get myself in to a mandatory position because I don’t think anyone is going to want to take that fight with me as a voluntary, that is just my opinion so I am going to try and force the situation.
TWBW: Would you be up for fighting abroad for the world title or do you want to fight for the belt in the UK?
RF: Of course, I have shown that when I went to Belgium and I beat Jamoye, I will travel anywhere in the world at the end of the day it is just a square ring.
Thank you to EBU champion Ryan Farrag for giving us some of his time on Thursday ahead of his EBU title defence against Karim Guerfi. Good luck Ryan from all at The World Boxing Wall.