Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be facing John Ryder more than likely in Mexico instead of the United States, but the check allocated to Canelo Alvarez via his Eddie Hearn will look different than his fight checks prior.
Alvarez, who holds a four-world titles in the super middleweight division will fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend against the WBO mandatory challenger in Ryder, as Mike Coppinger of ESPN.com, oringally reported, with an official announcement expected this week.
“It’s not done yet but Ryder in May is the plan. He’s coming back from the injury and Ryder’s the first mandatory that he’s got at 68. Ryder is interim,” said Hearn when speaking to Declan Taylor of BoxingScene.com. “He’s happy for that fight so now it’s just where? It will probably be USA or Mexico.”
Ryder is coming off a fantastic 2022 in which he defeated former world champion Daniel Jacobs, and top contender Zach Parker in his two fights of the year. These wins set the stage for the biggest fight of his life - Canelo Alvarez in Mexico.
“I think Canelo would like to do a fight in Mexico but it’s a pay cut. We are thinking somewhere in Guadalajara, but it’s still a big difference when you look at the gates,” furthered Hearn. “John Ryder beat Danny Jacobs for a load of money in February last year, did a deal with George Warren for a load of money to fight Zach Parker, thank you very much, and now he’s going to fight Canelo Alvarez.”
The not officially announced the news which first broke on Saturday afternoon in the United States is all, but fact as we’re simply waiting on a press release to confirm it.
“I said to [John Ryder] ‘If you beat Danny Jacobs, ‘wow you’re going to make a fortune’ and then I couldn’t get anything going for him. Then the Zach Parker fight came up which was a bit of luck really and won it…,” explained Hearn. “I think this week hopefully we can announce [Canelo vs. John Ryder].”