Feature | Dec 15 2019

John Ryder holding out for an unlikely shot at Canelo Alvarez

'I should be the champion, I should be the world number one. In 2020 I believe I will be,' maintains John Ryder
John Ryder
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THE unlikely does happen in boxing. After his much discussed fight with Callum Smith, John Ryder is still no further along. Despite his good performance, a decision defeat leaves Ryder without a world title, without a mandatory position and not a great deal of optimism. But he hopes his efforts were still enough to peak the interest of Canelo Alvarez and get him a shot at the biggest name in boxing.

“If Canelo picks Billy Joe [Saunders to fight], Callum might think well I’ll do the rematch, but if Canelo picks Callum Smith then I believe Billy Joe might go back down to middleweight and fight [Gennady] Golovkin,” Ryder reasons. “I’m hopeful because I believe if these fights get made for Callum Smith and then Canelo might vacate the [WBA] regular title and I’ll be able to fight for that.

“If Canelo picks me over Billy Joe and Callum Smith and they fight each other, I’ll get a big fight with Canelo. That would be nice wouldn’t it?”