Canelo Alvarez vs. John Ryder Betting Tips: Preview and predictions for May super-middleweight title fight
Briton John "The Gorilla" Ryder goes behind enemy lines to attempt the almost indomitable feat of dethroning Super-Middleweight Champion and boxing royalty Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
A win would provide one of the most iconic overseas victories in British boxing history and would also mark Ryder as England's first undisputed male champion in the four-belt era.
The odds are stacked against the 34-year-old Islington-born fighter who will enter the lion's den of Guadalajara, Mexico, to face Canelo in the super fighter's own backyard on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Mexicans have had to wait just shy of 12 years between Alvarez's last fight on home soil and Saturday's 50,000 seater event.
Canelo, who remains the undisputed super-middleweight champ, has lost one of his two most recent fights, daring to be great by stepping up to light heavyweight to try and unify another belt in another weight class.
Entering his 63rd professional fight, there are a lot of miles on the clock for Alvarez. We can probably count on one hand the number of fights Saul Alvarez has remaining in his illustrious career. And given the fact he's been trading professional blows since his immature days as a 15-year-old, we had better savour every last moment.
Canelo Alvarez vs John Ryder Tip
Ryder has been demanding a fight like this for forever and a day. His golden ticket has finally arrived and he can enter the ring with absolutely nothing to lose on Saturday night.
Nonetheless, as romantic as a win for the Brit would prove, let's call this for what it is: he's been drafted in to allow Canelo to do his thing and put on a show in front of his home crowd.
Following the defeat to Dmitry Bivol, Canelo dominated Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin in the concluding chapter of the pair's sprawling saga.
Although we're likely to have left behind the glory days of Canelo at this stage, these two are still light-years apart.
For Ryder to win, Canelo would have to have one of his worst nights at the office, matched by a career-defining performance from John. Unfortunately, that level of misstep doesn't exist in Saul Alvarez's world.
The Gorilla hasn't showcased the credentials of giving himself much of a chance here. He lost a split decision against Rocky Fielding and was unanimously defeated by Liam Smith in his only other world title fight - two opponents Canelo himself has obliterated.
Fielding was knocked down four times in total under the lights at Madison Square Garden when facing Canelo. Boxing maths therefore dictates that if Fielding beat Ryder on points, you give the Brit a few rounds to withstand the champ before truly displaying his superiority.
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