Jamie Moore: John Ryder will have his moments against Canelo, but he's fighting one of the best

Trainer Jamie Moore is hard at work preparing Chantelle Cameron for the first defense of her undisputed super lightweight title against Katie Taylor in Dublin next month, along with getting world title hopeful Jack Catterall ready for his long awaited return just one week later in Manchester.

Moore won British and European titles in a career that ended 13 years ago and has since gone on to claim BBBoC trainer of the year in 2018. Moore boxed southpaw much like countryman John Ryder who goes up against Saul Canelo Alvarez this Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico. Two fighters the Manchester based trainer knows well, having worked in the corner against both men.

Moore speaks exclusively to ProBox TV News to give his unique opinion on Canelo Vs Ryder.

“John Ryder is a very good fighter.” Moore said. “Him and Rocky Fielding had a good fight for the British title in fact. Rocky won on points. Since then he has really come into his own though. I like John Ryder, he has a similar style to how I used to fight. He’s gained some good experience over the years. He’s got some good wins and picked up some big scalps. They took him over to America so he is well traveled now too. If this fight came two or three years ago I would have thought it was a full gone conclusion, an easy night’s work for Canelo. I don’t think Ryder is going to win, but I do think he will give him problems. He will have his moments in the fight.

“Canelo is not the biggest super middleweight in the world, but neither is John Ryder. They are very similar in structure and size. Canelo has never really had problems with southpaws in the past either. John will bring that consistent pressure, but Canelo is so smart and so aware. He’s back down at his natural weight now after the move up to light heavyweight and his defense is always improving. His defensive work improved so much after he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather all those years ago, he started to become a much more rounded fighter after that defeat. It will be a great fight, like I said John will have his moments. But ultimately Canelo will beat him on points.”

Moore has seen firsthand how special Canelo can be, he came up against the Mexican superstar as the trainer for Rocky Fielding in a 3rd round knockout defeat for the WBA super middleweight title in 2018.

“I went to his hotel on the morning of his fight with Rocky Fielding, he didn’t seem much bigger than at the weigh-in. I found that very strange.” Moore continued. “I was surprised, but when he got into the ring that night, it looked like someone pumped him up. The width of him and how broad he was was unbelievable. He really is an incredible fighter. When you see him fight up close, you see the subtle things he does. The way he controls a ring, his ring generalship is really something else. 

“I really do think that John Ryder is a great fighter. He’s really come on in the last two years, but he’s up against one of the very best in Canelo. Probably one of the best who is ever going to do it as well.”