The WBO interim super-middleweight title is on the line at the O2 Arena this weekend in a fascinating bust-up between Zach Parker and John Ryder.
The winner of the fight will put themselves in contention to take on Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next year so there is plenty on the line. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where: O2 Arena, London
When: Saturday 26th November, 2022
How To Watch: BT Sport. The main card is set to get underway at 7pm in the UK, with the main event ringwalks expected at 10pm.
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Residence: Woodville, Derbyshire
Record: 22-0 (16)
Last Fight: Parker stopped Marcus Morrison in four rounds at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham last November
Place Of Birth: Islington, London
Residence: Islington, London
Alias: The Gorilla
Record: 31-5 (17)
Last Fight: Ryder made it three wins from his last three in February, edging former world champion Daniel Jacobs by split decision at Alexandra Palace.
What They Say:
Ryder: “I suppose he [Parker]’s looking at this as his breakout fight and seeing if he can do a number on me and it propels him on and opens doors for him, but I don’t feel like I’m an opponent just yet.
“I feel I have a lot to give in this sport and at 168 I feel like I’m a different animal to my days at 160, they are well behind me. I can really perform at this weight and this is where I’m going to do the things I set out to do in this sport.” [BoxingScene]
Full Fight Card:
Zach Parker vs. John Ryder, super-middleweight
Hamzah Sheeraz vs. River Wilson-Bent, middleweight
Dennis McCann vs. Joe Ham, super-bantamweight
Sam Noakes vs. Calvin McCord, lightweight
Pierce O’Leary vs. Emmanuel Mungandjela, super-lightweight
Sonny Ali vs. Georgi Velichkov, super-lightweight
Tommy Fletcher vs Jiri Krejci, cruiserweight
*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change