by Shaun Brown
John Ryder (26-4, 14 KOs) hopes to avenge his April 2017 loss to Rocky Fielding by taking on the Liverpudlian at the end of this year in a world title fight.
Fielding (26-1, 14 KOs) travels to Germany on July 14 to challenge Tyron Zeuge for the WBA super middleweight title. Ryder, ranked three with the WBA, had hoped to land the opportunity himself but now has to sit, wait and hope to land the winner.
For now the future lies elsewhere, and that may include a fight against Chris Eubank Jr.
"It's just speculation at the minute, but the Eubank Jr fight is definitely one I'm interested in and I believe I can beat him," Ryder told Sky Sports.
Eubank Jr is coming off a loss against George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series semi final earlier this year. While Ryder did not participate in the tournament, he did feature on the George Groves-Jamie Cox quarter final undercard. That night Ryder put in, arguably, a career-best performance to knock out Denmark's Patrick Nielsen in the fifth round, in spectacular fashion. From there the Londoner would carry on the momentum to beat Jamie Cox, on the Tony Bellew-David Haye 2 undercard last month, again impressively, this time with a second round knockout.
"I'm perfect at this weight and feel good both mentally and physically. I've had a great run of two stoppage wins against two great fighters," said Ryder.
"I want to fight for a world title but if that's not possible, I'm looking for those big fights that will keep me in high regard.
"The Eubank Jr fight is ideal for me, however. I'm sure he's gone back to the drawing board after his defeat to Groves and worked on the mistakes he made. He'll be way better prepared whoever he fights next."
And while a fight against Eubank Jr would be ideal, Ryder is not interested in the bout should the former British middleweight champion be on standby to replace Groves or Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final, if one is unable to compete.
"If I'm honest, I'm not looking to train for a fight where there is a chance it might be called off. I'm not sure, though, if he is definitely on standby.
"I want my fair shot in a fight and want to know who I'm facing rather than be wary that he ends up in the final, I'm not wasting a 12-week camp."
Shaun Brown covers British boxing for Boxing Scene. Contact him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0