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ECCLESFIELD boxer Ryan Hardy is gunning for his first knockout this weekend.

The welterweight, aged 27, is five unbeaten but has had to go the distance each time so far.

Hardy fights journeyman Matt Seaweight at the Barnsley Metrodome on Good Friday. He knows that he is stoppable and would like to send a message through the division.

“I’ve looked at his recent record and he hasn’t been stopped in a while but he has been in the past,” said Hardy.

“I started late in professional boxing at 26 so I’ve got to push on if I’m to make an impression.

“I got good early wins at light-middleweight against live opponents and I’m by no means big enough to be fighting at that division so I feel like I’m going well.

“Not having a stoppage win yet has played on my mind a bit and I really wanted one in my last fight with Dale Hutchinson.”

Hardy beat Hutchinson on points in the battle between Owls and Blades at the Don Valley Stadium and Wednesday fan Hardy isn’t too enthusiastic about a proposed re-match at the Keepmoat Stadium in May,

“I beat Dale quite comfortably and fighting him again would feel like going over old ground,” he added.

“But if there was a title on offer then I’d consider it.

“I just really want to stay active.”

Sheffield duo Jamie Sampson and Lewis Taylor will both feature on the Keepmoat Stadium undercard to Jamie McDonnell’s world title shot. Middleweight Taylor will defend his British Masters junior belt.