Get ready for one of the most highly anticipated boxing comebacks of the year! Canelo Álvarez vs John Ryder promises to be an intense clash in front of a home crowd at the Estadio Akron, and it’s a huge deal because Canelo hasn’t fought in his home country since 2011 when he defeated Kermit Cintrón to defend his WBC middleweight title.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this matchup because Canelo will be defending his super middleweight belts from the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF – where he’s the undisputed king and the only fighter in history to hold all four titles.
This is a mandatory fight according to the sanctioning bodies, given that Ryder is ranked third in the division. But, it’s guaranteed to have a special twist with the presentation of a commemorative Puebla-Jalisco belt. This belt pays homage to Cinco de Mayo and the Battle of Puebla, when the Mexican army halted French troops in 1862.
The Canelomania in Guadalajara is on fire ever since the weigh-in, and the stadium is expected to be bursting with emotions. This is obviously not an ideal situation for the Gorilla, who will be fighting against the best in his division, in his opponent’s home turf, and with his opponent’s fans rooting against him.
On May 5, we celebrated the Battle of Puebla, and on May 6th, the Battle of Jalisco will take place at the Estadio Akron. At JefeBet, we’ll offer you the latest predictions, odds, and insights on this thrilling fight for dominance in the 168-pound division between Canelo Álvarez and John Ryder.
Betting Preview for the Canelo Alvarez vs John Ryder WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF Super Middleweight Title Fight on May 6, 2023
- Where: Akron Stadium, Guadalajara, Jalisco
- When: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 9:00 PM ET
- Odds: Canelo Alvarez (-1430) vs John Ryder (+950)
All odds are provided by Unibet
- Odds: -1430
- Fights: 62
- Victories: 58
- Victories by KO: 39
- Defeats: 2
- Draws: 2
The best fighter in this division by far is coming off a victory against Gennady Golovkin on September 17, 2022, where he defended his belts in a hard-fought battle.
He attempted to move up to the 175-pound weight class and lost to Russian fighter Dmitry Bivol in a 12-round bout. However, he looked uncomfortable and his speed decreased, while his powerful punches lacked the same impact as they did at 168 pounds. That’s why he plans to try again and seek a rematch with Bivol in his own division.
But first, he must defend his belts against John Ryder, an opponent who won’t be an easy feat. In his training sessions, the Mexican fighter has been looking to improve his speed, knowing that Ryder is agile and looking to surprise him with a new weapon.
We know that Álvarez is in top physical form and is willing to go the distance if necessary. Of course, he’ll be looking for a knockout to give his fans something to cheer about, but he’s not in a rush. The fight must be led by the British fighter, not him. With his current speed and devastating combination punches, he’ll try to wear down Ryder’s energy and spirit little by little.
- Odds: +950
- Fights: 37
- Victories: 32
- Victories by KO: 18
- Defeats: 5
- Draws: 0
The Gorilla is a very serious fighter. He’s on a four-fight winning streak, showcasing his best boxing skills, which involve hard work and always being on the offensive. Additionally, he can take powerful punches and his endurance is one of his main strengths.
He likes to take the initiative in fights, but in this case, he’ll be facing one of the best defensive boxers in the world. So, he’ll have to work extra hard if he wants to claim all the belts at stake. He’s very patient, and when he sees an opportunity to hurt his opponent, he’ll take it. He has a good hook, but his specialty is not the knockout, so we expect both fighters to be ready for the full 12 rounds.
However, he knows that leaving the fight in the judges’ hands could be detrimental to him. Therefore, he’ll have to be more forceful with his punches or try to end the fight with a single blow, which will be a challenging task.
The stage is set for Saúl Álvarez to shine – in his home country, with his people rooting for him, and with the chance to be the best in his division. Of course, it won’t be an easy feat, as John Ryder will be going all-out, knowing that the longer the fight goes on, the worse it’ll be for him.
With Canelo’s defensive boxing skills and his newly acquired speed, we at JefeBet believe he’ll successfully defend his titles. It’s going to be an excellent battle in Guadalajara.
Prediction: Canelo Alvarez wins by unanimous decision.
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