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Boxer Sandy Ryan could return to Derby to defend her world title, with her promoter Eddie Hearn saying he is ready to “put everything on the line” in her home match.

Ryan, who has taken her career abroad since splitting from her long-time trainer Clifton Mitchell in October 2023, was awarded the Freedom of Derby – the city’s highest municipal honour – just two days after that win in South Yorkshire.

When asked if Ryan could fight at home in the future, Hearn said: “She already has the keys to the city so she deserves to fight there. Derby is an active city, a sporting city, so why not take the risk there.”

Hearn, one of the most prominent promoters in world sport, said Ryan’s upcoming schedule had not yet been decided and a number of potential opponents had to be considered.

Former undisputed light welterweight champion Chantelle Cameron, IBF welterweight titleholder Natasha Jonas and Mikaela Mayer, who Jonas defeated to defend her title in January, are all possible contenders mentioned by Hearn in an interview with BBC Radio Derby.

“She (Ryan) wants the big fights,” he said. “And these are huge fights.”

“She will participate in these fights, but most importantly, we keep her active.”

Ryan says she is preparing for a fight in September, but responded to Hearn’s suggestion of possibly “squeezing in two fights” before the end of the year by saying it was a “nice” idea but one she did not think was likely.

“Boxing is no longer just a sport, it’s a business – especially at this level,” she said.

“That’s why it’s so hard to make these fights. I want to do all the big fights and I’m open to fighting anyone, but if it’s at this level and they don’t give me what’s right to make the fight, those fights now have to wait until next year, which is annoying.”