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The KO that made Canelo's rival Ryder famous

John Ryder (32-5, 18 KOs), also known as 'The Gorilla', takes on his biggest challenge yet in the form of Canelo Alvarez, the current super middleweight champion, on Saturday.

Ryder has climbed the rankings in recent years thanks to good performances against opponents like Callum Smith - although he lost- Danny Jacobs and Zach Parker. He has only been knocked out on one occasion, and that was eight years ago.

Evidently, the Londoner does not have the status of Golovkin, Bivol, Plant or Saunders (with whom he lost in 2013) and, despite being a good fighter, he is being undervalued by many fans and by certain sectors of boxing.

Ryder is a clear underdog who is also about to enter the lion's den, as Canelo returns to Mexico after almost 12 years and the party can't be dampened by anything or anyone. The fact that he lost to Rocky Fielding in 2017, whom Alvarez swept in three rounds, leads some to think it could be an easy bout for the Mexican.

But as of today, the Brit is the interim WBO champion and therefore official challenger to Canelo's throne. His recent performances have been outstanding and he has evolved since he faced Fielding. Right after he faced Fielding, 'The Gorilla' surprised us all with a tremendous KO against Patrick Nielsen that gave his career a boost

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