John Ryder has another tough fight lined up this weekend when he takes on the accomplished Mexican Jaime Munguia this Saturday night in Phoenix, Arizona.
The British super-middleweight contender was last out early in 2023 when he impressed many onlookers by taking Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez the full distance in a gruelling fight.
Munguia’s last outing was also a punishing one – a Fight of The Year contender with Sergiy Derevyanchenko that saw him get a close points win having previously beaten the likes of Liam Smith, who predicted how this fight might go this week.
Speaking on his own podcast The Fight, former coach turned boxing commentator Teddy Atlas has cast his eye over the bout.
“The younger man is going to win. Youth will be served in this fight. Munguia, when he first hit the scene, he reminded me of a middleweight version of George Foreman. Big strong guy.”
He then praised Munguia’s progression following his fight with Derevyanchenko and outlined the different ways he could win this weekend.
“He was still unpolished in a lot of ways, rough around the edges and you could see he needed to develop more. But I’ll be damned, he’s got better, I give credit where credit is due.
“I like the way he’s progressing, he still needs to go a little way down the road, but Ryder is shorter, Munguia will be able to control the range, and he’s a big guy, with longer arms.
“He can control it on the outside with his range and length and catch Ryder coming in and he’s also strong and adept at going inside so if he wasn’t to go inside he could do that too.”
Ryder is now 35 years old and has admitted a loss might signal the end of his career so he will be hoping to draw on all of his experience in this one.