Undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez puts his four world crowns on the line against Britain's John Ryder on Saturday 6th May.
Canelo returns to his native Mexico for a title homecoming and it’s the first time he has fought in front of his home fans since 2011.
Canelo was beaten when stepping up to light-heavyweight to take on Dmitrii Bivol last year, but he remains an almost impenetrable force in the 168lbs division and the undisputed champion will have a home Guadalajara crowd on his side.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the super-middleweight contest.
|What||Canelo Alvarez v John Ryder|
|Where||Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, Mexico|
|When||Saturday 6th May 2023|
|How to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Canelo Alvarez 1/14, John Ryder 7/1|
The fight will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023.
No timings have yet been released for the Guadalajara event or the undisputed super-middleweight contest.
There is a stacked undercard at the Estadio Akron, which includes a WBC flyweight title clash and exact times will be confirmed closer to fight night.
The contest will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico. It’s the first time that Canelo, who is a national hero, has fought in his homeland since 2011 and the 32-year-old is sure to get a warm welcome.
The Estadio Akron is home to Mexican soccer side CD Guadalajara and the stadium has a capacity of 48,071. The venue has previously staged the finals of the Copa Libertadores and it is expected that the arena will host some matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The fight will be shown live on subscription streaming service DAZN. The bout will be available in over 200 countries and can be viewed on a myriad of devices.
Canelo is the red-hot 1/14 favourite and the Mexican is not expected to lose his four world titles. Canelo has lost only two of his 62 professional bouts and he is well fancied to make it career win number 59 on 6th May.
Ryder is 7/1 to bring the belts back to Britain and it’s not the first time that the Gorilla has been unconsidered in a world title fight. The Islington fighter gave fellow Brit Callum Smith major problems, when a heavy underdog, in their 2019 WBC super-middleweight title clash and the 34-year-old has earned another crack at becoming a world champion.
All four super-middleweight belts are on the line when Canelo defends against Ryder. The Mexican flirted with the light-heavyweight division, and the 32-year-old was beaten by Bivol last year, but the 168lbs straps were kept in the possession of the Guadalajara boxer.
Canelo has swept aside all challengers in this weight class, and although the Mexican has been beaten twice in his professional career, he has never been beaten in the super-middleweight class.
Canelo has a phenomenal record and is the undisputed super-middleweight king. The Mexican has lost just two of his 62 professional contests.
Canelo has beaten Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Sergey Kovalev, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Caleb Plant, Miguel Cotto and Golovkin twice to name a few of the fighters on a stacked record and the Mexican may still have plenty left to offer.
The Guadalajara boxer has seen 39 of his 58 victories come by stoppage and he is a ferocious combination puncher.
Ryder has five defeats in a 37-fight career, but the Islington man has shown a high-level of improvement in recent contests.
The Gorilla has lost only one of his last eight bouts and that run has included excellent wins over former British super-middleweight champion Zach Parker and two-time middleweight world champion Danny Jacobs.
Ryder was beaten by British rival Callum Smith in 2019, but that was a contest that the Gorilla was extremely competitive in and on another day could have easily been awarded the decision of the judges.
The Islington man doesn’t boast huge one-punch power - only 18 of his 32 victories have come by stoppage - but the Londoner is well conditioned, committed and dedicated fighter.
Julio Cesar Martinez and Ronal Batista get it on for the WBC flyweight title, and there are eight undercard fights, on what is a stacked Guadalajara card.