Boxing news: Chris Eubank Jr offers John Ryder a fight, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell undercard revealed

18 Jul

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Chris Eubank Jr has offered John Ryder a fight later this year

When asked about Chris Eubank Jr, Ryder’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed to Boxing Social: “Had an offer. Very interested in that fight.

“Speaking to Charlie Sims and Tony Sims and the team, and if the number’s right, that’s definitely a fight that John Ryder would take.”

Chris Eubank Jr retired James DeGale in February
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Eddie Hearn gives gut feeling on where Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch will take place

When asked where his gut suggests the bout will happen, Hearn told The Sportsman: “I think if I had to choose anywhere, I would probably say Cardiff.

“I think the general feeling around the training team is Cardiff would be the wise thing to do, as you’ve already done one in America.

“I would love to do it in Britain, because I think it would be great for British boxing, probably the biggest fight of all time in this country.”

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion
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Dillian Whyte is in fight mode ahead of his clash with Oscar Rivas

The ‘Body Snatcher’ told talkSPORT after his final press conference today: “I don’t care about all that man, I just wanna f*** stuff up and that’s it.

“I don’t come to play, I come to hurt these guys as much as I can and that’s it.

“It’s all smiles and fun and games, but when I switch on I wanna f*** something up.

“I don’t play once I switch on.”

Dillian Whyte is ready to go to war
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Artur Beterbiev vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk is signed for October 18

The IBF and WBC light-heavyweight champions will meet in a unification fight later this year.

Beterbiev announced he’d signed for the bout, with Gvozdyk’s manager Egis Klimas soon coming out and confirming his man had done the same.

Eddie Hearn has revealed his plans for the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell

The lightweight unification fight between Loma and Campbell will be announced this Saturday, Hearn told Seconds Out before detailing his undercard hopes.

  • Charlie Edwards WBC title defence
  • Liam Smith vs Sergio Garcia
  • Joshua Buatsi
  • Joe Cordina British title defence
  • “Big heavyweight fight”
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell will take place on August 31 at the O2 Arena

Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs undercard announced, including big fight for British super-middleweight John Ryder

10 Apr

John Ryder will fight David Lemieux for the WBA ‘interim’ super-middleweight title on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs.

The bout will take place as part of a big show on May 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA.

Canelo Alvarez will unify WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs

Ryder, 30, is currently the mandatory challenger to WBA world champion Callum Smith, but will put that position on the line while he waits for his title shot.

However, the Brit be an underdog on Cinco de Mayo as his opponent Lemieux is a hard-punching former middleweight champion, now moving up in weight for a new test.

“I’ve seen Ryder fight,” stated Lemieux. “He’s a credible rival, but I’m going to make a statement out of what I’m going to do with him.

“At 168lbs [super-middleweight], I’m going to be the strongest that I’ve ever been.”

John Ryder is 27-4 (15 KOs)

Ryder responded: “I’m fully focused on the fight with David Lemieux but obviously there’s a massive pot of gold for the winner.

“There’s the potential for a fight with Canelo or a fight with Callum Smith, which are both huge.

“Lemieux is a big puncher if you stand in front of him. I’m a boxer-fighter. I’ll box him at times and fight him at other times when it suits me.

“Our fighting styles are sure to gel for a great fight. I’m expecting to win and to win well. I’m there to keep my mandatory position.”

The full show is as follows:

  • Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs
  • David Lemieux vs John Ryder
  • Pablo Cesar Cano vs Michael Perez
  • Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Mauricio Herrera
  • Jojo Diaz vs TBC
  • Sadam Ali vs Anthony Young
  • Lamont Roach Jr vs Jonathan Oquendo
  • Alexis Espino vs TBC

John Ryder reportedly set for fight with David Lemieux on Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs undercard

21 Mar

John Ryder will fight David Lemieux on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs, according to reports.

The British super-middleweight is currently the number one contender and mandatory challenger to WBA world champion Callum Smith, but will put that position at risk on May 4 in Las Vegas.

John Ryder is 27-4 (15 KOs)

After suffering the fourth defeat of his career, Ryder recorded an upset KO win over Patrick Nielsen and followed it up with a KO of Jamie Cox.

This then earned him a final eliminator against Andrey Sirotkin which he also won by stoppage to become mandatory for Smith’s world title.

However, his shot won’t be called instantly and so it’s reported by ESPN that he will take a fight with former middleweight world champion David Lemieux in the meantime.

David Lemieux is 40-4 (34 KOs)

The Lemieux fight will be no tick over for Ryder and he will be a sizeable underdog heading in, though he has overcome such odds before.

His Canadian opponent has won two bouts since being outclassed by Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title in 2017, and he’s now moved up to super-middleweight due to struggles making the 160lbs limit.

In the main event Canelo Alvarez will attempt to unify his WBA and WBC middleweight world titles with Daniel Jacobs’ IBF belt.