John Ryder, a British professional boxer, is determined to defeat the Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on his own soil, in what has been dubbed as the ‘backyard of Mexico’. This clash is set to take place in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, which is just a stone’s throw away from Mexico.
Ryder, a seasoned middleweight fighter, successfully made a name for himself last year by defeating German boxer Patrick Nielsen, the former European Super Middleweight Champion. This win helped him earn his spot as one of the top-rated boxers of the division. However, Ryder’s biggest challenge to date is set to take place in December, when he battles the famous Mexican boxer, Canelo.
Canelo Alvarez is known to be one of the greatest boxers of the past decade, having defeated some of the biggest names in the sport such as Floyd Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Gennady Golovkin, and Amir Khan. He also won multiple world championships in different weight classes, making him a force to be reckoned with.
John Ryder is aware of the significant challenge that Canelo presents, but is also determined to make a name for himself by taking down this champion. In an interview with Sky Sports, Ryder said, “I believe in my ability and in my power. I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. The pressure is all on Canelo. He’s fighting in his backyard, he’s the big name, he’s the superstar. I’m just going there to do a job.”
Ryder’s coach, Tony Sims, echoed his fighter’s sentiments and stated that they wouldn’t have taken this fight if they didn’t think they could win. Sims went on to say, “There’s no point in being in the game if you don’t think you can beat everyone. John has worked hard to get to where he is, and he’s ready for this challenge.”
Despite the odds being against him, John Ryder is not a fighter to be underestimated. He possesses great technical skills and a powerful left hook, which has led him to an impressive record of 28 wins and just 5 losses. His stamina is also a key component that he plans to exploit in the fight.
This bout will be Canelo’s first fight since the start of the pandemic, and many people are curious to see how he will perform. Ryder believes that Canelo’s decision to fight him is a risk, as he believes he has the skills to defeat him. Ryder stated that Canelo chose him because he believes he’s an easier fight than Caleb Plant, who Canelo has been aiming to fight for a long time and considers a tougher opponent in terms of style and skill.
John Ryder’s road to the top has been bumpy, but he has never lost sight of his goals. His determination is evident in the way he conducts himself and the intensity he brings to each fight. He started boxing at the age of 11 and quickly made a name for himself in the amateur ranks, which led to him turning professional in 2010.
Ryder has overcome a lot of setbacks in his career, including two majority-decision losses in back-to-back fights in 2013. However, he bounced back and went on to win his next ten fights before falling to Rocky Fielding in 2017. He continued to persevere, and after a some impressive victories, he received his chance at the world title in 2019 against Callum Smith, but lost narrowly.
The upcoming fight between John Ryder and Canelo Alvarez has all the makings of a classic. The two boxers have different styles, but they both possess incredible talent and a solid reputation in the sport. Ryder has always been seen as an underdog, but he’s used to that, and he’s determined to surprise everyone come fight night.
The world will be watching as Ryder challenges Canelo on December 19th, and if he can pull off the win, it could be the defining moment that he has been waiting for. John Ryder is a true warrior, and he will leave everything in the ring in his quest to defeat the Mexican superstar, Canelo Alvarez, in what has been referred to as the ‘backyard of Mexico.’