Undisputed super-middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fights in Mexico this weekend for the first time since 2011 when he takes on Islington's John Ryder.
Ryder will be bidding to snatch the Mexican superstar’s WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO world titles and should he emerge victorious, it will likely be regarded as the biggest ever upset by a British fighter overseas.
Here’s everything you need to know about an excellent night of boxing that also includes a WBC flyweight world title showdown between Julio Cesar Martinez and Ronal Batista.
Where: Saturday, May 6
When: Estadio Akron, Guadalajara, Mexico
How To Watch: DAZN. The main card is set to get underway at 12am BST with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 4am
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Record: 58-2-2 (39)
Last Fight: Canelo brought about a definitive end to his rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin with a unanimous decision win in their trilogy fight last September.
Place Of Birth: Islington, London, United Kingdom
Alias: The Gorilla
Record: 32-5 (18)
Last Fight: Ryder secured the interim WBO super middleweight world title after Zach Parker sustained a fight-ending hand injury in the fourth round of their November bout at the O2 Arena.
What They Say:
Ryder: “There’s no denying that Canelo is one of the greats and I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s achieved in the sport but I fully believe this is my time to fulfill my dream of becoming a world champion.
“I’m not going over there for a holiday. For me this is purely business and my full focus is on going into his backyard in Guadalajara on May 6 and bringing those belts back with me to the UK.”
Alvarez: “Returning to the ring and coming back to fight in Jalisco, where I'm from, makes me especially happy. And in John Ryder, I'm facing a very competitive fighter.”
Full Fight Card:
Saul Alvarez v John Ryder, WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super middleweight titles
Julio Cesar Martinez v Ronal Batista, WBC flyweight title
Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela v Steve Spark, super-lightweight
Oleksandr Gvozdyk v Ricards Bolotniks, light-heavyweight
Nathan Devon Rodriguez v Alexander Mejia, featherweight
Bek Nurmaganbet v Argenis Espana, lightweight
Lawrence King v Elio German Rafael, super-middleweight
Abilkhan Amankul v Jesus Moroyoqui Palomares, middleweight
Johansen Alvarez Suarez v Johan Rodriguez Arreguin, super-featherweight
Carlos Emiliano Rojo v Fabian Trejo Rivera, super welterweight
Jesus Larios v Alejandro Curiel, light-flyweight
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