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John Ryder: Embracing the Underdog Status and Eyeing Super Middleweight Success


John Ryder: Embracing the Underdog Status and Eyeing Super Middleweight Success


In the world of boxing, the life of a trialhorse often involves relentlessly chasing after the best in your weight division. John Ryder understands this reality as he prepares to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez this weekend, fully aware of the long odds stacked against him. However, Ryder remains intrigued by the potential rewards that could come with an upset victory.


During a recent media roundtable session hosted by WOW HYDRATE™, the 34-year-old southpaw from Islington, London expressed his confidence, saying, "Win this fight on May 6 and I'll be a wanted man for sure." Despite being labeled a significant underdog by bet365 sportsbook (+900), Ryder relishes the opportunity to shock the world in his bout against Alvarez (58-2-2, 39KOs), which serves as the main event of a DAZN Pay-Per-View card at Estadio Akron in Zapopan, Mexico.


Ryder's journey has brought him to Mexico for the first time, marking his third overall fight in North America. Earlier this year, his name was in consideration for a shot at the secondary WBA 'Regular' super middleweight title held by David Morrell (9-0, 8KOs). Although the fight ultimately fell through, Ryder understands the significance of being associated with top contenders like Morrell and former two-time titlist David Benavidez (27-0, 23KOs), both represented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). These fighters are widely regarded as the biggest threats to Alvarez's reign and are next in line for the winner of this weekend's clash.


Reflecting on his position in the division, Ryder mentioned the past missed opportunity to face Morrell, stating, "It's strange. I was meant to fight Morrell a few years ago, but it never materialized." He also acknowledged the resurgence of Benavidez, who overcame personal challenges outside the ring to regain his status as a formidable force. Ryder finds excitement in being part of such a competitive weight class.


As the underdog, Ryder embraces the challenges ahead and looks to defy the odds. While his path has been filled with trials and tribulations, a victory against Alvarez could catapult him to new heights in the super middleweight division. The allure of what lies beyond this bout fuels Ryder's determination as he steps into the ring on May 6.

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