Canelo Alvarez to defend title against John Ryder in first Mexico fight since 2011

September 17, 2022;  Las Vegas, Nevada, USA;  Canelo Alvarez (red shorts) and Gennady Golovkin (white shorts) boxing during their middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena.  Compulsory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Canelo Alvarez will fight at home again. (Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports)

Canelo Alvarez is due to defend his undisputed super middleweight title on May 6 against interim WBO champion John Ryder in his native Guadalajara, Mexico. The fight will be Alvarez’s first match there since defeating Ryan Rhodes. Five months later, he defeated Kermit Cintron on November 26, 2011 in Mexico City.

The fight should be the highlight of this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Last month, ESPN reported The fight will take place in Jalisco, Mexico on May 6th. At the time, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told Sportzshala Sports that Álvarez would indeed fight Ryder next, but said he was unsure of the date or venue.

Now everything is ready and Alvarez seems to have all the advantages. With a score of 58-2-2 and 39 knockouts, he will fight for the first time since winning a unanimous decision in the final match of his legendary trilogy with Gennady Golovkin last September in Las Vegas. Shortly thereafter, Alvarez underwent surgery on his left wrist in October.

This fight also comes one year after Alvarez was upset by Dmitry Bivol for the light heavyweight title in May. Ryder, the 34-year-old British boxer and WBO mandatory challenger, will attempt a similar feat as he is the underdog in this fight. Ryder (32-5, 18 KOs) tweeted after the announcement.

“I worked for this, I deserve it, and on May 6, I will not miss this opportunity to become undisputed,” he said. wrote.

He won the WBO interim belt when he defeated Zach Parker at the O2 Arena in London in November. Parker broke his right arm, which prevented him from finishing the fight and secured the victory for Ryder. Ryder previously held the interim WBA super middleweight title in 2019.

If the 32-year-old Alvarez beats Ryder, he will face Bivol in a rematch in September, only this time they will fight in super middleweight.


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