News | May 03 2019

John Ryder fighting for mandatory shot at Callum Smith

John Ryder will box Bilal Akkawy on the Canelo Alvarez undercard in Las Vegas

ISLINGTON’S John Ryder will be in action on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs unification clash on Saturday (May 4). He had been expecting to fight David Lemieux on the big show at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the Canadian had to withdraw after injuring his right hand.

But Ryder will get a replacement opponent, boxing Bilal Akkawy for a WBA ‘Interim’ super-middleweight title instead. “With Lemieux, it was a big upset but we got a great replacement in Bilal Akkawy. I think we’re all in for a real treat come Saturday night,” the Londoner promises.

An unbeaten 20-0-1 (16) Australian, Akkawy said, “This is a big opportunity. It’s an opportunity for me to prove myself. It’s a world title fight so there’s no way I would turn down a fight like that. I’m going to make the most out of the opportunity come Saturday.”


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