Eddie Hearn Gives Green Signal To Canelo Alvarez Vs. John Ryder Showdown
Ryder clinched the WBO interim super middle title over this past weekend.
Matchroom Sports chief Eddie Hearn has confirmed that John Ryder is the next potential opponent for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez after Ryder beat Zach Parker via a fifth-round stoppage last Saturday night in London.
Hearn thinks that Demetrius Andrade is not in the picture anymore and it’s Ryder who deserves the money fight next.
“Thankfully, the opportunity arose for John Ryder. He’s had a great year. He beat Daniel Jacobs, and he beat Zach Parker. He’s mandatory for the WBO world title… We’re not involved with Demetrius [Andrade] anymore, but he’s a great fighter,” the veteran promoter said in his conversation with DAZN Boxing Show.
“Maybe he should have taken that fight [with Zach Parker] and gotten himself in a mandatory position [with the WBO at 168] for Canelo Alvarez.”
Hearn wants to stage the fight in the UK in May in the 60,000-seat Emirates. But he is yet to receive the confirmation for the fight from Alvarez’s camp.
“If Canelo Alvarez is looking for that interim WBO fight, I’d love to bring Canelo Alvarez to the UK. It would be huge for British boxing.
“I think he’d love it as well, and I think John Ryder is deserving of that opportunity after the year he’s had and the wins he’s had. So hopefully, we can make that happen,” Hearn added.
Canelo is more than likely to accept the fight before he walks into his rematch against Dmitry Bivol.