Boxing News At Five | Dec 04 2019

Boxing News at Five: Ryder is a possible Canelo opponent, Smith becomes number one challenger for Benavidez

John Ryder tells Canelo Alvarez he is ready to step up and face him, and Callum Smith and David Benavidez could unify their WBA and WBC titles
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LAST week we discovered British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde is being considered as a potential opponent for Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, while today another British boxer has emerged as a name on the Canelo shortlist.

John Ryder, last seen giving Callum Smith all he could handle in a WBA super-middleweight title fight, could apparently end up getting the plum role every fighter between middleweight and light-heavyweight yearns for, if Canelo’s coach, Eddy Reynoso, is to be believed.

When asked about potential opponents, Reynoso mentioned Ryder’s name alongside the likes of Smith, Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders, and praised the Londoner’s spirited effort against Smith a couple of weeks ago. Ryder, meanwhile, when getting wind of this, wasted no time offering his services.


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