Memoirs of an MC – 3

Memoirs of an MC – 3

It’s been a while but Wales’ Pound-For-Pound number one Master of Ceremonies, Ricky Wright reflects on the shows he was at towards the end of last season… “It’s been a while since I’ve written for BoxingWales. With the end of the season, business has been slow, so I’ll try and capture the last few months… Back in June, I MC’d a night of professional boxing on the South Coast for the first time, but the surroundings were all too familiar. The venue was Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre or as I like to call it “My House!” I’ve MC’d Mixed Martial Arts at the venue numerous times for the Shock N’ Awe events. As my girlfriend is from Portsmouth, it really is my second home but this was different. Instead of a cage, there was a ring and instead of all the usual faces that I have befriended over the years, there were board officials I hadn’t met yet. I was out of my comfort zone but in familiar surroundings. I had gotten the gig through Michael Ballinghall who runs Bally’s gym in Portsmouth, he was in attendance at a previous Shock N’ Awe event and always said  that if I get my license, he would use me. The time had come. He organized the event with one of the UK’s hardest working promoters, Mickey Helliet of Hellraiser Promotions. The event didn’t have the elaborate production of Shock N’ Awe but what it did have was the classic south coast slugfests that I’ve come to know and love over the years. The main event was between hometown boy Floyd Moore against Kent’s Adam Dingsdale for Moore’s Southern Area title. The arena was electric and I could barely hear my self announce over what has come to be known as the ‘Pompey roar’. After ten rounds of action, referee Jeff Hinds scored the contest to Dingsdale; a fair decision in a close, exciting fight. If these two gentlemen meet again, I’d kill to be there. Two other lads on the card, Garry Neal and Chris Hobbs, impressed me against their opponents too and I look forward to watching their careers develop. In July, I got another opportunity to MC on a Sanigar Events’ show and it was live on Eurosport but this time, I also got to do the main event, so to say I was excited was an understatement. I have recently acquired my own PA (public address) system and offered to mic up and MC the day before weigh ins. This was a first for me but I thrived on the situation and I look forward to announcing at many more weigh ins. One important lesson I learned; never lend my phone to BoxingWales founder Dewi Powell again if I don’t want to get ‘Fraped’. The following night at the event was epic, a real high-pressure environment where everyone had a roll to play and did their part. The main event between Robbie Turley and Dai Davies for the Welsh featherweight title had a huge build up and you could feel the excitement in the air. Both men left it all in the ring and went for it and the fans in attendance were just as electric as the fans in Portsmouth a month earlier. Davies regained his title after Turley retired following the eighth round. The undercard was stacked with some top up and coming Welsh names too, including Craig Kennedy who always interacts with me when I call his name. Fight of the night went to Luke Osman and Jimmy White who fought like their lives depended on it, big respect to both men. Only recently I got the chance to watch back the footage and I’m happy with how I sounded and I received plenty of positive feedback from various peers so the future looks bright. The new season is fast approaching and I’m looking forward to being busier than ever when that first bell rings. Ding ding.”

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