John Ryder Ecstatic to Fight Canelo Alvarez if Billy Joe Saunders Pulls Off

Published 05/05/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


The thrilling super-middleweight clash between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez is all set to headline on Saturday. But this fight is also in jeopardy, as Saunder’s team has requested a 24 ft ring, but the final bout might take place in a 20 ft ring.

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Citing that, John Ryder, the super-middleweight boxer from London, is ready to take on this opportunity if Billy Joe Saunders pulls out of this fight.

Ryder was already preparing for a potential fight in June, but he feels this is the biggest opportunity for him in his entire career.

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Speaking to Boxing News, he said, “Put it this way, it’s a bit earlier than scheduled, but I’m definitely going to pack my gum shield protector just in case.

“I’m going there tomorrow regardless, what’s an extra couple of ounces for a protector and a gumshield. I’m taking my gloves and my boots, anyway.”

“What’s the saying – have gloves, will travel. That’s me,” he added.

The Alvarez vs Saunders matchup was in discussions for a long time. However, the pathway for this fight got cleared when Canelo won a thriller against Avni Yildirim in February. Moreover, this is a massive title unification fight that’ll land up the winner for an undisputed super-middleweight fight later. Also, it has all the ingredients to go down as one of the best battles at the super-middleweight roster.

Although John Ryder is flying to Dallas for this bout, his chances of competing against Canelo seem to be pretty slim, as there has been no official confirmation from Matchroom sports pertaining to the cancellation of this bout.

Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders – preview

Hardcore boxing fans have waited for the Saunders vs Alvarez fight for a long time. Both of them exhibit a magnetic persona and hold vast weapons in their artillery.

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This is one of the most eye-catchy boxing events of 2021, and both the fighters are ready to bring in their A-game for this bout.

That said, this contest has struck everyone’s eye for obvious reasons and promises to stay true to the fan’s expectations.

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Who will you be rooting for in this fight? Do you think Billy Joe Saunders will pull off from this clash by any means?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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