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Sandy Ryan to turn professional after Olympic disappointment

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Sandy RyanSandy Ryan won a world silver medal in her first major senior tournament in 2014

Commonwealth Games champion Sandy Ryan is to leave the GB Boxing squad and turn professional after her Olympic qualification became impossible.

The 27-year-old light-welterweight won gold for England at Gold Coast 2018 but injury and changes to the qualification pathway have ended her Olympic hopes.

"I've really enjoyed my time with GB Boxing," said Ryan.

"It's just a shame I've been unlucky in the end to be denied the opportunity to get to the Olympics."

Ryan has said on social media that she will be entering the professional ranks this summer.

The Derby fighter's route to the Olympics was dealt a blow after she missed out on last year's curtailed European qualifying event at 69kg – with her hopes then resting on securing a place at the World qualifier event.

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However, because of Covid restrictions, that event was scrapped in favour of a points-based ranking system which left Ryan well out of the running to claim a place.

As well as her Commonwealth Games success, during her seven years on the GB Boxing programme Ryan also won a World Championship silver medal and bronze medals at both European Games and European Championships.

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