John Ryder Retires from Professional Boxing

British Super Middleweight John Ryder has called time on his professional career following his recent loss to Jaime Munguia.

35 year old John Ryder retires having appeared on Golden Boy Promotions American show in January where he lost to Jaime Munguia. Ryder was knocked down 4 times by Munguia before a TKO loss in round 9. ‘The Gorilla’ entered as a heavy underdog against Jaime Munguia but was thoroughly outgunned and outclassed by the undefeated Mexican.

John Ryder retires following consecutive losses, having previously fought against Saul Canelo Alvarez in Mexico. Ryder suffered a knockdown but gained plaudits for taking Canelo the full 12 round distance, standing and trading against the superior boxer. It was thought John Ryder could retire following the Canelo loss, but he was able to get his first main event slot in America as his swansong.

John Ryder knocked down vs Canelo

Ryder previously held the WBO interim World, WBO Inter-Continental, and IBF International Super Middleweight titles, but was never able to capture a major championship. He came up short challenging for the British title on three separate occasions. The first loss came against Billy Joe Saunders in 2013. The second attempt saw a TKO loss to Nick Blackwell in 2015 at the 02 Arena. Ryder’s third and final attempt was a controversial Split Decision defeat to Rocky Fielding in 2017.

John Ryder challenged for world honours twice in his career against Canelo and Callum Smith, also losing on both occasions. Following the loss to Callum Smith in 2019, the fifth in John Ryder’s career, he embarked on a four fight win streak including victories over Daniel Jacobs and Zach Parker. The win over Zach Parker gave him the WBO interim title and his ticket to fight Canelo in Mexico, Ryder’s record boxing payday.

John Ryder ends his career with 39 fights, holding a 32-7 record with 18 KO’s. Following his retirement, John Ryder has expressed his desire to remain in boxing. He took to social media and posted an official statement which you can read below:

John Ryder retires official statement

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