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For the first time in over a decade, Canelo Alvarez will fight in his native Mexico. On May 6, the current undisputed champion of the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring super middleweight divisions will face John Ryder at Akron Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Alvarez said in a statement, “I’m really happy to be back in May because I wasn’t sure when I would be back after the surgery.
“I am especially happy to be back in the ring and fighting in Jalisco, where I am from, and at John Ryder I am facing a very competitive fighter.”
Alvarez will fight in his home country for the first time since November 2011, when he defeated Kermit Citron by five-round technical knockout to retain the WBC light middleweight title. The fight is scheduled to take place as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations taking place this weekend.
As one of MMA’s biggest stars, Alvarez has battled the all-time greats. Alvarez recently scored his second victory over Gennady Golovkin after losing by unanimous decision to Dmitry Bivol after an unsuccessful attempt to move up to light heavyweight to win another belt. .
Ryder, a 34-year-old British boxer and WBO challenger, will fight Alvarez in May and attempt to upset him by infiltrating enemy territory. Ryder has a 32-5 record overall and is currently on his four-game winning streak, including victories over Daniel Jacobs and Zach Parker.
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