'Canelo' Alvarez Dominates John Ryder In Title Defence

Home favourite Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez beat Britain's John Ryder in front of 50,000 raucous and impassioned Mexican fans on a historic night in Guadalajara.

The Mexican champion defended his undisputed super-middleweight crown on points despite a spirited display by Ryder at Estadio Akron.

Alvarez, 32, dominated the fight and dropped Ryder in round five, but the Londoner fought back well.

Two judges scored the bout 118-109 and the other 120-107 to Alvarez.

The four-weight world champion won his 59th fight since turning professional, with two losses and two draws.

Ryder loses his sixth fight in 38 bouts and has now twice failed at world title level, after being defeated by Briton Callum Smith for the WBA 'Super' title in 2019.

"The power of Canelo, the body work - fantastic," promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live. "John showed he was a world-class fighter but Canelo is one of the best ever. John deserves massive respect tonight."

 - BBC


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