John Ryder believes a victory over former two-time world middleweight champion Danny Jacobs would seal another shot at recent conqueror Callum Smith, he told Chris Lloyd in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’.

Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) pushed WBA ‘Super’ 168lbs champion Smith all the way at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool last November before falling to a controversial unanimous decision. A rematch with ‘Mundo’ is at the top of Ryder’s agenda, but the Islington southpaw accepts he may have to earn another shot.

“The fight that I really want is the rematch with Callum, but I know that Chudinov is now in the mandatory position,” said Ryder. “In order to get myself back there, then why not someone like Danny Jacobs in New York? He’s a great fighter and I want to test myself against the best.

There was mutual respect, but the judges’ scorecards failed to reflect a close fight.

“It took me a couple of weeks to watch [the fight] back and, when I did, I still had it to myself by a few rounds even being ultra favourable to Callum Smith in the close rounds. I still feel that at worst it was a draw.

“I don’t want to harp on about it and my problem isn’t with Callum or any of his brothers, they’re all lovely people, it’s the judges and the scorecards. It half makes a mockery of the sport. Sometimes you get a dodgy scorecard, but I feel that three was a bit wrong. 

“Are judges in the best [seating] position to score a fight? Should they be behind the scenes watching on a screen so they’re not influenced by the crowd? 

“Part of the plan was to build into the fight as we knew he would be dangerous early on, so the plan was to take control in the second half,” he continued. “I thought we executed that plan perfectly. The first round I hadn’t planned on throwing a shot, but they were there so I ended up throwing a couple. 

Ryder (right) gave Callum Smith all he could handle last November. Photo: Dave Thompson.

“Sometimes you can sense a script with commentary teams who are so pro for the puncher or the champion that, even if the fight isn’t going a certain way, the challenger just gets neglected. I think I won, he thinks he won, but the scorecards don’t tell the story of the fight which was close.”