Canelo Alvarez To Make Homecoming Title Defense Against John Ryder
Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39KO) will be returning to Mexico to defend the titles against one-time title challenger John “The Gorilla” Ryder (32-5, 18KO) on May 6. According to ESPN Deportes, the undisputed champion will be fighting in his hometown of Jalisco, Mexico on the traditional Cinco De Mayo weekend.
This will mark the first time Canelo has fought in Mexico since successfully defending the WBC junior middleweight crown against former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron in 2011.
The boxing community expected to hear this news after Ryder secured the right to fight the Mexican superstar by defeating Zach Parker on November 2022. The Gorilla walked away with the WBO interim title and immediately called for the Alvarez fight following the victory. Furthermore, he is on a four-fight win streak since losing a controversial decision against then-WBA champion Callum Smith in 2019.
Alvarez capped off 2022 with a victory in the trilogy over middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The undisputed champion revealed after the fight that he suffered a hand injury prior to the bout. During an interview with IZQUIERDAZO, he discussed remaining focused on rehabilitating the hand before engaging in negotiations.
It seems the hand is fully healed as Canelo is ready to get back to work and in the ring. Although no location has been announced, the Mexican fans will undoubtedly show up in droves to cheer on their champion.