Alvarez’s next opponent. Ryder explained why it had to be him


British super middleweight John Ryder (30-5, 16 KOs) is confident that he will earn the right to become the next opponent of the undisputed division champion from Mexico Canelo Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) if he takes the upper hand in a duel against compatriot Zach Parker this Saturday (22-0, 16 KOs) for the vacant title of “interim” WBO world champion.

“I think it actually makes a lot of sense,” says Ryder. – The winner (of the fight with Parker) will become the owner of an interim title and a contender for the main WBO belt. I know that Benavidez and Plant will also have an eliminator (according to the WBC), so Canelo will have a choice. But I still spent two years chasing him around the world. He tried to be a substitute if one of his rivals could not enter the ring. So if I beat Zach Parker, I deserve my chance to fight Canelo.”

“Yes, I believe I have already paid all the bills, following him around the world in the expectation that someone will get sick or just withdraw from the fight. Of course, it was not the same at all, and I deserved to go through a full training to fight him. Of course, I will be happy to fight Canelo, ”said the Briton.

Recall that in October, Alvarez underwent surgery on an injured left wrist. According to him, the recovery is going even better than expected, so he may well not change the tradition and enter the ring as early as May 2023. Considering that Canelo is planning a rematch with Dmitry Bivol for September, the place of the opponent for May is still vacant. That’s what Ryder wants to take.