Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez is reportedly set to face John Ryder in a WBO super middleweight title defense on May 6th in Guadalajara, Mexico. While the fight may not be the one fans wanted to see from the pound-for-pound king, it’s believed to be a tune-up for his rematch against Dmitry Bivol in September.
Many fans were hoping to see Canelo fight top-level opponents like David Benavidez, Dmitry Bivol, Artur Beterbiev, or even Caleb Plant in a rematch. However, Ryder, who has been beaten several times, is the opponent that Canelo and his team have chosen for the May fight.
For Canelo, the Ryder fight is a crucial one, and he must look impressive against the underdog if he is to have any chance in the Bivol rematch. Ryder, with his high engine and ability to take control in the second half of a fight, is expected to push Canelo to the limit, potentially pulling off an upset or at the very least making it a close and controversial decision.
According to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, the fight will take place in one of the soccer stadiums in Guadalajara, where Canelo is from. It’s been ten years since Canelo last fought in Mexico, and this return is a massive event for Mexican boxing fans. The exact details of the fight, including whether it will be shown on DAZN pay-per-view or a regular subscription package, are yet to be confirmed.
Despite some criticism from fans about the choice of opponent, Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso insists that the fight with Ryder is the right one. He said, “We know it’s a tough fight, but it’s the fight we wanted, and it’s the fight that’s going to keep Canelo sharp and ready for the Bivol rematch.”
Although Canelo is heavily favored to win against Ryder, he can't afford to underestimate his opponent. He must put on a dominant performance and continue to build on his impressive resume to cement his status as one of the greatest boxers of all time.