John Ryder would love to get even with his domestic rival Callum Smith – by securing a potential September fight with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
In November of last year, Ryder lost a controversial twelve round unanimous decision to Smith, who holds the WBA’s super middleweight crown.
Canelo was also in action that month, when he jumped up by two weight divisions to score a knockout of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title.
Now Canelo is hunting for a fall opponent at super middleweight – with Smith and Ryder being among the fighters in the running to get that slot.
Securing a fight with Canelo, for Ryder, would be a measure of revenge against Smith.
“I think if this fight comes off then that’s justice, that’s karma, that’s all served at once,” Ryder told Mirror Fighting.
“With the coronavirus coming about, it’s worked in my favour because this Canelo fight is being spoken about, but even if it doesn’t come off for me or Callum then the potential for the rematch is huge as well.
“If travel restrictions aren’t getting lifted any time soon then surely it gives me the green light for the rematch as well. If it’s not a huge fight with Canelo that I get, then surely it should be the rematch with Callum Smith.”
Ryder admits he was overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of support he received in the aftermath of the loss against Smith.
“It was heartwarming really, I got an unbelievable response,” Ryder said.
“Obviously you get a few that say I didn’t win it, but the majority think I won the fight and should be world champion. It is nice, but at the same time it’s frustrating because you think, ‘if so many people are seeing it this way, why am I not sitting with those belts around my waist? Why am I not world champion?’
“It’s not to sit and harp on it, I’ve just got to push on, try and right the wrong and hopefully now I’ll get the chance to do that either with a shot at Canelo or a rematch with Callum Smith.”