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Lincoln's Ryan Clark out to set the record straight in title fight

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

Ryan Clark

Determined: Ryan Clark, left, in his fight against Jonjo Finnegan. Picture: Colin Messom

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Ryan Clark has vowed to settle some "unfinished business" when he puts his international masters title on the line against Jack Sunderland.

The rising star will defend his super middleweight crown against his two-time conqueror in Newark in November.

Clark has promised not to succumb to a third defeat against the 22-year-old having lost on points to him in their last two meetings.

But spurred on by devastating displays against Burton's Jonjo Finnegan, and having knuckled down in an intensive training camp, he says Sunderland will not handle his ferocity.

"I didn't have to put my title on the line but I have," said Clark.

"I've fought him twice and he's beaten me on each occasion.

"But I took one of the fights at a day's notice.

"In fact as I agreed to fight him, I was finishing my last slice of pizza.

"I lost on points but of course I was going to – I was out of shape.

"I was 12 and a half stone and I looked like Mr Blobby.

"I wobbled my way into the ring and we had a proper good punch-up.

"But to be honest the kid can't crack an egg.

"Matt Mallin, who is a weight below me, fought Jack and knocked him out.

"And if he had problems with Mallin, he is going to have big problems with me."

Victory against Sunderland will certainly enhance Clark's position in the British super middleweight rankings.

He is currently 18th and wants to fight Frank Buglioni, who has also beaten Clark on points.

But now the Carl Greaves fighter has stopped taking fights at short notice and is training for his bouts for weeks instead of days, he says his time has come to make a big impression.

And he vowed he would knock Sunderland out to prove his point.

"This is my time now," said Clark.

"It's my chance to go to the top and I will grab it with both hands.

"I didn't have to fight him, but the night is called unfinished business because that's what it is.

"All he does is run away – he's rubbish.

"He knows I've only been stopped twice in 62 fights and I've been in with some very good fighters.

"How disheartening do you think it will be if you were punching the life out of me for five minutes and you ran out of steam?

"Then what are you going to do? That's the question Jack is going to have to answer.

"He won't have it, because I will knock him out."

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