Ryder: Callum Smith Has Had a Good Career - I Can Derail That

John Ryder is hoping to prove that size isn't everything when he challenges Liverpool's giant Super-Middleweight king Callum Smith for his WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles at the M&S Bank Arena on Saturday November 23, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Smith towered over Ryder at their launch press conference 'face-to-face' photographs back in September and will be the much bigger man on the night, but 'The Gorilla' isn't fazed by the significant size difference in the slightest and even thinks he will be able to use it to his advantage as he bids to lay waste to Smith's ambitious plans for 2020.

“I just think that it’s a fight of two styles isn’t it," said Ryder. "It’s like the little and large show. You’ve got me, 5' 9" and you’ve got him, 6' 3". He’s going to try and do what he does best and I’m going to try and do what I do best and get in close. It’s just about who can get their game plan off better on the night.
“He’s an absolute unit. He’s a massive man mountain and he’s barely put a foot wrong. He’s had such a good career so far, but I believe that I can derail that. He’s beat good fighters but I believe now is my time and timing is everything in boxing.

"I’m going to bring something that he’s probably seen in the amateurs but as a pro I don’t think he’s had the pleasure of. I’m a slick southpaw and I can punch hard with both hands. Height is his advantage but I believe that being shorter is sometimes an advantage as well, getting under the shots and working the body and over to the head, so I believe that will play into my hands as well.”

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Ryder (28-4, 16 KOs) earned the number-one ranking with the WBA with a seventh round technical knockout win against previously undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in their final eliminator clash at the Copper Box Arena in London last October.

He then continued his red-hot form by stopping Bilal Akkawy to win the vacant interim WBA Super-Middleweight title last time out on the undercard of Saul Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and in doing so kept himself in line for an all-British showdown for Smith's crown.

“He’s the champion and he deserves to be the champion, he’s beaten a champion and a good fighter to win it and I’ve earned this shot. Many people said that I was trying to avoid him and I was looking for an easier route – no chance. I fought an eliminator for this title, I even fought in another eliminator in Vegas to get this title. I’ve earned this shot now and I deserve to be here.

“I feel like I’ve developed all round as a man and a boxer. I just feel so physically and mentally strong. I feel like I’ve become a man over the last couple of years and I'm in the best position that I could possibly be in. Winning a World title would be 19 years of hard work, grit, smiles, tears and heartache all coming together on one big night and a dream come true.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Christhenatural on 11-17-2019

Decent mandatory to stay busy for Smith, bit he's in a tricky spot for making history at 168. Unless he can land a Canelo fight, the other big names at 168 are over at PBC. He may need to campaign…

Comment by M Bison on 11-17-2019

The only British 168 guy I see giving Callum trouble is Eubank Jr, people can hate on and choose to not rate him all you want but the kid can brawl. I respect Ryder for carrying on the guy has…

Comment by mlac on 11-17-2019

Big fan of the Gorilla but hes just too small for Smith, who will dwarf him. I hope he wins though. Smith is massively overrated, matey was getting lit up by Erik Skoglund, who i had ahead until the late…

Comment by Satir on 11-17-2019

168 belt holders should start talking about unifying them, make US semi Benavidez-Plant and GB in Smith-Saunders, final will be mixed, everyone is happy

Comment by knockoutkid on 11-17-2019

Smith fights someone with a pulse after years of treading water. He still hasn't beaten anyone cause Groves arm was not the same hence he retired. Ryder might be up against the referee, hopefully we get a ref that does…

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