Canelo Breaks Ryder’s Nose In Unanimous-Decision Victory, Wants Bivol Next

Canelo Alvarez emerged victorious over John Ryder in a unanimous-decision victory on Cinco de Mayo weekend in the packed-out Estadio Akron arena, Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Mexican was fighting for the first time in his country since his victory over Kermit Cintron all the way back in 2011.

And standing in his way was Ryder, who talked up his chances prior to the bout, claiming he was here for ‘legacy.’

In the first four rounds, however, it was all Canelo as his crisp punches caused Ryder’s nose to bleed in the fourth with two-sharp-right hands. The Mexican then managed to knock Ryder down in the next round.

During the fifth, Alvarez threw a powerful left-right combination, as his straight right down the pipe followed his jab, almost ending the fight.

Although Ryder managed to beat the count, he was visibly hurt. However, Ryder showed resilience and recovered to end the round with renewed energy.

Ryder managed to retaliate with his own punches as he retreated back to his corner. In the following rounds, there was not much change.

By the ninth round, Ryder was swaying after being hit hard by Alvarez. Alvarez’s right knocked Ryder into the ropes, but the Brit held on.

As the fight reached the championship rounds, Alvarez seemed determined to knock out Ryder. However, the Brit stood his ground as Canelo earned an easy unanimous-decision victory: 120-107, 118-109, 118-109.

In doing so, the Mexican paved the way for a possible rematch against Dmitry Bivol. As for Ryder, the Brit will have to regroup, having lost two world title matches, against Canelo and Callum Smith.

Post Fight

“It’s a historic moment for me. I’m blessed to be here with my people who support me from the beginning. I’m proud to be here. … You know, I’m happy with the fight. I’m happy the people had a great fight.

“He’s a strong fighter, I know that. I’m not surprised about it. You know, everybody knows, we want the rematch with Bivol. If the fight with Bivol doesn’t happen, we’ll see what happens. I can fight everybody,” Canelo

“He couldn’t get me out of there, His plan was to stop me. He didn’t,” Ryder

Full Results

Julio Cesar Martinez  def. Ronal Batista via a 11th-round TKO 

Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela def. Steve Spark via a split decision:  96-93, 94-95, 95-94

Oleksandr Gvozdyk def. Ricards Bolotniks via a sixth-round TKO

Preliminary Card

Nathan Devon Rodriguez def. Alexander Mejia via a split decision: 96-94, 96-93, 95-95

Lawrence King def. Elio German Rafael via a second-round TKO

Abilkhan Amankul def. Jesus Moroyoqui Palomares via a second-round KO/TKO

Jesus Larios def. Alejandro Curiel via a unanimous decision 

Johansen Alvarez Suarez def. Johan Rodriguez Arreguin via a unanimous decision: 59-53 x 3

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