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Ryan out to be ‘Mysterious’ in the ring

2022-10-12T17:07:00+01:00Wednesday 12 October 2022|

“Showman” Ryan Allsopp is going all out to be ‘Mysterious’ at Well Wishers’ charity boxing show as he looks to wow the crowd.

The 21-year-old medical engineer at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is used to the spotlight, having appeared on TV’s First Dates and Trust’s Got Talent, the X-Factor-style show hosted by the Trust’s charity.

And Ryan, from Low Hill, Wolverhampton, is hoping to hog the limelight in a different way and surprise his opponent – all for a good cause.

“I’m hoping I can handle the pressure because I did Trust’s Got Talent,” said Ryan, whose work involves repairing, servicing and maintaining pieces of medical equipment used at the Trust.

“I sang Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’ on that and wore a T-shirt with his face printed on it and came third I like to think I’m a bit of a showman and I thought it would go down well – I think a lot of people liked it anyway!”

The singing theme doesn’t stop with Ryan – his opponent is a bit of a crooner on the side as well!

Rio Mole, 19, from Bloxwich, likes to impersonate Tom Jones, so it’s not unusual to hear the garage roller shutter door fitter sing ‘Delilah’ and ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ when he goes out to socialise!

As well as playing – or rather boxing – to the crowd, Ryan has a more serious reason for taking part, however.

“Along with a couple of personal issues, another reason I’m doing this is that it’s something for myself, to help my mental health. Exercise always helps in this regard and it’s helping me get fitter.”

For Ryan, getting in the ring is the culmination of plenty of sweat and graft outside it.

“I’ve been going in the gym for eight or nine years, since I was 12 or 13, but I until recently I hadn’t boxed in a while,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Ryan will be cheered on by his mum, aunt and colleagues at the sell-out show, which takes place at Rushall Labour Club, with the first bout at 8.15pm. Funds raised will benefit Walsall Healthcare’s Goscote Hospice.

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