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John Ryder Hungry To Improve His Fighting Game

John Ryder is out to show he is a better boxer than the one that was beaten by Billy Joe Saunders.

The north London middleweight takes on Jez Wilson in a British title eliminator at York Hall on Saturday, along with the welterweight Prizefighter tournament, live on Sky Sports 2.

Ryder lost to Saunders last September in his attempt to snatch the domestic and Commonwealth belts away from Britain's number one.

He lost narrowly on points in his first full-distance fight and after winning his comeback bout in Liverpool last month, the 25-year-old insists he has already learned from his mistakes.

"If you lose and you learn, it isn't such a bad thing and I will come back a better fighter," he said.

"I didn't get hurt and I learnt a lot. There are good things to come from me and I will be better for having had that fight, and I will be better over the distance now.

"It was my first fight over eight rounds and I didn't think that would be a disadvantage at the time, but in my head, mentally, yes maybe it was.

"I have learnt bundles from that fight and it will stand me in good stead in the future, mainly from the rounds and what you have to do to win a title."

Ryder (16-1) has more experience than Wilson (11-1-1) and will be the favourite to earn another shot at the British title, currently held by Saunders.

But he is refusing to look ahead and has been trying to find out more about Saturday's opponent.

"I don't know if the rematch will happen immediately with Billy Joe, but hopefully down the line it could happen for something bigger than a British title," he said.

"I am focused fully on Jez Wilson in Saturday's eliminator, and then we will go from there.

"I don't know a lot about Jez Wilson - there isn't much of him on YouTube. But I have seen his record and who he has boxed. It is a good record and it speaks for itself."

Ryder against Wilson comes between the semi-finals and final of the 33rd edition of the Prizefighter series, as eight welterweights do battle for the £32,000 winner's cheque.

Former European lightweight champion Jason Cook, unbeaten Johnny Coyle, Berkshire's Mark Douglas and Peckham's unbeaten Johnny Garton join former British light-middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher, Midlands Area champion Sam Eggington and Dubliner Dean Byrne in the contest.

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