John Ryder has set his sights on a super-middleweight showdown with Gennady Golovkin - and wants to return to Mexico to do it.
Ryder is coming off the back of a 12-round decision loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Guadalajara on Cinco de Mayo weekend but earned huge credit for his performance in defeat.
He had suggested during the build up that it could be the last fight of his professional career which is now into its 13th year.
But he is desperate to fight on and insists he is only interested in big fights as he approaches the final chapter of his career.
And he has named Canelo’s long-time rival Golovkin as his prime target and believes there would be an appetite for the showdown back in Mexico given he and Triple G’s history there.
Ryder told the George Groves Boxing Club Podcast: “I don’t know what his plans are. I don’t know if he’s going to fight again but if he does I’d love to fight him here in the UK or Kazakhstan, why not?
“But I think you could hold it in Mexico. I think the Mexican fans would love it. You could call it ‘Mexican Style’. I think they’d probably buy into that and I’d love to go back and fight there.
“If I could choose my next three fights it would be Golovkin, Caleb Plant, David Benavidez.”
Ryder’s stock has risen hugely since his defeat to Canelo and he was mobbed by fans during his holiday in Cancun following the fight in Guadalajara.
Now he plans to cash in on the new-found fame.
He added: “I didn’t win the fight but I won the night I felt. In defeat my stock has risen so I need to be sensible and wise and not rush into anything.
“I think everyone is fully behind me going again. The dreams and aspirations have probably changed now because you know Canelo has got the belts are wrapped up and you know you’re not going to get another shot at the title.
“So it’s about the biggest and best fights now. I’m 35 now and I want to get a few more fights in.”