Joe Gallagher Confident: John Ryder Will 'Acquit Himself Very Well' Against Canelo in Upcoming Bout

It is now less than three weeks until Canelo Alvarez makes his long-awaited return to fight in his homeland. Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) last performed as a professional in his beloved Mexico over 11 years ago, when he defended his WBC Super Welterweight World title against Kermit Cintron with a 5th round knockout victory in the nation’s capital. 

Canelo will run the gauntlet with England’s John Ryder (32-5, 18 KOs), who finds himself chucked into the biggest fight of his career due to his mandatory status.

British trainer Joe Gallagher has faced the Mexican superstar on two separate occasions over a four year period. Liam Smith lost his 154lbs title back in 2016, losing via a 9th round stoppage, and Callum Smith was relieved of his 168lbs world titles over a 12 round decision in 2020. 

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“John Ryder is a mature fighter.” Gallagher said. “He’s been around a long time, he’s had some good career performances. He seems to be getting better and better. He beat Daniel Jacobs, then he won last time out against Zach Parker. You can never write the kid off. He’s a southpaw. I do think when I look at Canelo, he does very well against southpaws. He knocked James Kirkland out, who was a puncher!

The near 50,000 seat Estadio Akron in Zapopan, Jalisco, hosts the return of Mexico’s red-headed hero. The home of the football club, C.D. Guadalajara promises to provide an explosive atmosphere on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

“Jesus, the crowd when he comes into the Arena are going to make it quite intimidating.” Gallagher added. “But, John Ryder is a solid fighter with a cool head, he will go out there and acquit himself very well.”

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