By Anthony Ritchie – Persistence is certainly the key word for Southpaw John Ryder, as he looks to cement a World Title Shot on Saturday 27th October at the Copperbox arena against Unbeaten Southpaw Andrey Sirotkin.
Coming off the back of two excellent stoppage wins against Jamie Cox and Patrick Nielsen and a split decision loss to Rocky Fielding, Ryder is in the form of his life since moving upto Super Middleweight and will be looking to try and box behind an excellent jab as he attempts to wear his fellow southpaw down and display the power he has recently shown, in the later rounds against Sirotkin.
He could however find Sirotkin a difficult proposition initially, as the awkward southpaw who comes in with a record of fifteen contests with no defeats and has never been stopped, but with only 3 stoppages on his record will be looking to take Ryder into the later rounds, at 33 this is a big opportunity for Sirotkin, who seems increasingly confident that Ryder and his team have are looking past him. He will be looking to frustrate Ryder and will be attempting to stay away from the gorilla’s power early on in the fight.
The prediction is for Ryder to win by a wide decision, having got to grips with Sirotkins awkward style, imposing his own, outworking him and making his big fight experience tell, securing a World Title tilt in the process.