Canelo Alvarez to reportedly face John Ryder on May 6 in Mexico ahead of Dmitry Bivol rematch
Canelo Alvarez is expected to defend his undisputed super middleweight championship on May 6 against interim WBO champion John Ryder in Jalisco, Mexico on May 6. This is his first home fight since he knocked out Kermit Cintron on November 26, 2011 in Mexico City. . ESPN first reported on Saturday that the fight was supposed to take place in Jalisco, although the venue is reportedly yet to be determined.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told Sportzshala Sports on Saturday that Alvarez would fight Ryder next, but said he was unsure about the date and place of the fight.
“I can tell you they’re going to fight, but they haven’t sent us a sanction letter yet, so I don’t know where,” Valcarcel told Sportzshala Sports.
February 3 promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom told BoxingScene the fight will probably be in Mexico.
“Canelo really wants to fight in Mexico,” Hearn said. Again, every time you take this step, you unfortunately have to take the responsibility of making a lot less money. But then again, he’s fine. he will still make a lot of money to fight in mexico. I think he wants to show the fight to people and Ryder might be the right fit for that.”
Alvarez underwent surgery on his left wrist in October, weeks after he defeated Gennady Golovkin in their fight for the undisputed super middleweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 17.
The plan is for Alvarez to use the fight with Ryder, who won the WBO interim belt when he defeated Zach Parker at the O2 Arena in London on November 26, as a sort of preparation. Parker broke his right hand in the fight and was unable to continue, giving the victory to Ryder. If Alvarez beats Ryder, he is expected to have a rematch with Dmitry Bivol in September. Bivol defeated Alvarez on May 7, 2022 in Las Vegas in a light heavyweight title shot. The rematch will be at super middleweight.
Ryder will be a huge underdog against Alvarez, who is 58-2-2 with 39 knockouts. Alvarez is ranked fourth in the Sportzshala Sports rankings.
Rider is 32-5 with 18 KOs. Before winning the interim belt by defeating Parker, his biggest win was a split decision win over Danny Jacobs on February 12, 2022 in London.