By Sean Jones: After coming up empty-handed in a loss to Canelo Alvarez earlier this month, John Ryder would like to face Gennadiy Golovkin next.
Ryder (32-6, 18 KOs) says his promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned the possibility of him fighting Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs), and he’s all for the idea.
It would be a punishing fight for Ryder because Golovkin is still a massive puncher, and he would be looking to get him out of there.
Golovkin hasn’t fought since losing a close twelve round unanimous decision to Canelo in their trilogy match last September, and most would agree that he could have won if he’d fought aggressively earlier.
For Golovkin, 41, to take a fight with Ryder, it would have to be one that pays. That match-up would likely need to take place in the UK because there wouldn’t be a massive amount of interest from U.S. fans if it were staged in the States.
If DAZN were to place Golovkin vs. Ryder on PPV, it might not bring in huge numbers. You think that the fight would need to be placed on PPV for it to make money unless Golovkin and Ryder agree to small guaranteed purses.
Ryder lost to Canelo by a 12 round unanimous decision in a competitive fight on May 6th in Guadalajara, Mexico. The scores were 120-107, 118-109, and 118-109.
“He [Eddie Hearn] mentioned it to me. Golovkin is a legend. I’ve been a big fan of Golovkin for the last ten years. The same thing with Canelo,” said John Ryder to Boxing Social when asked about him possibly facing Gennadiy Golovkin next.
“I’d like to think it would go with me winning and walking away with my hand raised. Let’s give the man respect. He’s been a servant to the sport throughout the years. He’s taken the rough with the smooth. I feel like he was harshly judged in the first Canelo [fight in 2017].
“He’s been a great fighter throughout the years, but I want to fight the best and test myself against him. So, I’ll give him the respect that he deserves, but going in the ring against him, I’ll give my all.
“I’ve not been a super middleweight all this time. So I’ve been a fan of these people for a lot of years. I just want the biggest and best fights,” Ryder continued. “So if you’re at 168 and in the top ten, then it’s a possibility.
“I want the biggest and the best fights, and I’ll go where I need to go to get them,” said Ryder when asked if he’d be willing to travel to fight the likes of David Benavidez or Caleb Plant.