British super-middleweight boxer John Ryder has just one hurdle to cross before he can walk inside the same ring with Canelo Álvarez, but already asserts himself as something that the Mexican maestro has never experienced before.
A former WBA interim super-middleweight title holder, John Ryder (29–5, 16 KOs) currently has young Cuban boxing sensation David Morrell as his next challenge.
At just 23 years of age, Morrell (4–0, 3 KOs) has already earned a title fight as his fifth pro boxing career fight and will be contesting with “The Gorilla” for the vacant WBA (regular) super-middleweight belt.
The winner of the match will be slated to face Canelo, who defeated Callum Smith in December last year and unified the WBA (Super) and WBC super-middleweight titles.
“As far as I know, it’s going to be my next fight, David Morrell,” in a recent interview with Sky Sports, John Ryder shed appreciation over his upcoming young opposition for earning a title fight so early in his career and even drew parallels to Vasyl Lomachenko.
“It’s a mad record and obviously we’ve seen Lomachenko go into a world title fight in his second fight. I’m not putting him in the same boat as Lomachenko, but he’s there for a reason, so it’s a job that I’ve got to do, and do convincingly to fulfil my dream.“
“I’m just pleased that I’ve got the chance of a world title fight. I’m going to grab it with both hands,” the 32-year-old added.
After clinching the WBA ‘regular’ belt, John Ryder wants to go after the ‘super’ champion- Canelo
Winning against David Morrell will make John Ryder the ‘regular’ WBA champion, while Canelo currently holds the ‘super’ WBA belt in the weight class, something which Ryder says he’s often been reminded of.
“Ever so often they call for the ‘regular’ champion to fight the ‘super’ champion,” the Briton went on, “every now and again they do it, so I’m hoping that they do, and I can get my chance at the big time.”
While praising Canelo as the ‘genius’ of defensive boxing and counter attacks, Ryder also insisted that he himself will bring something new to the table, something that Canelo is yet to experience in his career.
“Canelo is an absolute genius at defensive boxing, and counter attacking, so I knew that he’d pose threats. But I believe that I could also pose threats to Canelo that he’s probably not faced before. I’m the type of fighter that would be in his face all night and just go at it,” Ryder acknowledged.
While ‘regular’ Ryder plans his moves against ‘super’ Canelo, the latter is already setting himself up for a title defense against Turkish boxer Avni Yıldırım, and there are also talks ongoing about a unification match with WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders later this year.