John Ryder believes that his performance last time out with his destructive knockout victory of Patrick Nielsen should land him a shot at WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight world champion Tyron Zeuge.
The North Londoner produced a career-best display as he demolished Nielsen inside five rounds at the Wembley Arena in London on the undercard of Groves Vs Cox, finishing the fight with three huge blows.
Having beaten the WBA’s number one and WBO’s number three-ranked fighter in Nielsen, the man from Islington hopes to pounce on the opportunity and the 29-year-old has made Germany’s Zeuge his primary target.
Ryder speaking on events has been quoted as saying “The victory over Nielsen was massive for me,”
“I went in with the mindset that I had to win and I won well.
“I love boxing, but in a way, it shows how shallow the sport can be. I had a few razor-thin decisions go against me and then suddenly I’m fighting for my career.
“I knew I had to win and for a fight that was potentially meant to be my hardest, I came out feeling surprised how easy it was.
“Tony Sims gave me the strategy, he told me that I would be too good for this lad. I got that into my head and believed in myself. At super-middle, he said I’ve hurt everyone I’ve been in with and never finished it off – this time I got it right.
“I’ve never been one to call people out, but now, with how highly ranked Nielsen was, I would love to fight Zeuge, that’s the natural progression.”
Zeuge, the 25 year old from Berlin has made two defences of the title he won a year ago since beating and stopping Giovanni De Carolis in a rematch, a unanimous decision verdict over another fellow Brit Liverpool’s Paul Smith coming in his most recent outing.
Ryder insists that it is a position that he needs to make the most of, something he has failed to do so in the past.
“I don’t really want to step back now, I have this ranking and I want to make it count.
“There have been times before at middleweight when I’ve been highly ranked and I’ve stepped back to take a British title fight and come unstuck, then you’re left even further back.
“I’m just going to be patient and take the right fight when it comes, I’ll even happily face WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez from Mexico.”
Ryder’s victory was the chief support to George Groves’ World Boxing Super Series K.O win over Jamie Cox and “The Gorilla” is not giving anything away on a possible domestic showdown with Cox in the near future.
Ryder went onto say “It was good fight,”
“I do feel that Groves might be on the slide a bit after a long, hard career but he still had enough to win.
“It was all a bit too soon for Cox. At the moment, I am focused on taking my chance with the ranking for Zeuge or Ramirez, but you never know, in boxing you end up fighting the strangest people.
“I like Cox as a person and as a fighter, it shows his mentality that as he got out the ring following defeat, he congratulated me on my win – he’s a classy operator.”