Super-Middleweight contender John Ryder has revealed his intentions of securing a high-profile rematch if he can upset the odds and become the first man to defeat 42-0 Jaime Munguia on Saturday night.
Ryder controversially lost a unanimous-decision to fellow Brit, Callum Smith, back in 2019 in what was his first attempt at winning a world title. However, ‘The Gorilla’ bounced back with notable wins over Daniel Jacobs and Zach Parker to earn himself a shot at one of the biggest names in the sport, Canelo Alvarez, and the undisputed super-middleweight crown.
Although he lost a wide decision to Canelo in Mexico, Ryder’s performance earned him the respect of fans worldwide as he displayed his heart and grit to survive twelve rounds against the pound-for-pound great.
As a result, he has landed yet another major clash, this time taking on the undefeated former super-welterweight champion, Munguia, and is eyeing up a rematch with Alvarez if he can pull off the upset, Boxing Scene reports.
“I kind of somewhat came away as a winner. It’s done my career a world of good in the aspect that I’m still aligned for big fights. That’s why I’m here,”
“I’m definitely looking for the Canelo rematch. The biggest and best fight possible for me. I have to win this time [if given the opportunity for a rematch against Alvarez]. Not to get my nose broken, and to go in there and put on a show and take his belts.”
“I wish I would have had that Canelo fight 10 years ago. I’m here now. The fire still burns deep.”
Munguia-Ryder takes place on Saturday January 27 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, live on DAZN, topping an undercard that features two world title contests.