Ryder Waiting For Smith Rematch

Boxing has always been a sport that makes people wary of judging. The fighters themselves have an issue against some of the biggest calls of the last few years. For John Ryder, the pain of losing still burns.

Ryder (28-5) faced off against Callum Smith for the WBA Middleweight Title back in November. The two competed in fairly even bout that saw Ryder pull away in the later rounds. In the end, the judges scored the contest a unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 116-112) win for Smith, something Ryder still protests.

“I still feel like I won the fight. My anger isn’t towards Callum Smith, it’s the judging,” Ryder told Sky Sports. “I think it’s ridiculous someone had it to Smith by six rounds. There’s no way. If it had been a draw or they’d given it to Smith by one round, you could wipe your mouth of it and say, ‘well, I knew I needed to get the knockout.’ The scorecards were just so far from the truth, it leaves a sour taste.”

Before the Smith loss, Ryder was on a four-fight win streak. A former WBO Inter-Continental and WBA/IBF International Middleweight Champion, Ryder fought for titles against the likes of Rocky Fielding, Billy Joe Saunders, and Jamie Cox. Ryder has it in his mind he had the right plan ready against Smith, as both traded heavy blows in an affair many thought went to Ryder.

“The plan was basically to take his (Smith’s) advantages away, his height,” Ryder went on to say. “He’s very good at his catch-counter. He’s very good up close, he’s very good at range. So, get in mid-range where he’s not fighting to his strengths, outwork him, be sensible with head movement, high guard to catch the shots,” Ryder recalled.

“The Gorilla” wants a rematch but knows Smith has mandatory challengers waiting, like Fedor Chudinov. If he has to wait, Ryder has shown interest in fighting Daniel Jacobs. He is also interested in facing Canelo Alvarez, who Smith hopes to face as well.

“I’d love to. It’s a modern-day great,” Ryder stayed. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m going in with the ability thinking I can beat him, but it’d just be great to share the ring with one of the greatest fighters of all time.”

Smith (27-0) turned professional in 2012 and has 19 wins via knockout.

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