THE RESULT: Jaime Munguia achieves what Canelo Alvarez could not, stopping John Ryder in nine rounds after relentlessly attacking the Brit throughout the fight.
KEY MOMENTS: Ryder, who showed determination, was knocked down four times during the fight – in round two, round four, and twice in the ninth before his trainer Tony Sims threw in the towel. The frequency of Ryder being knocked down suggests that his resilience last year against Canelo may have affected his ability to withstand punches.
RECORDS: Munguia extends his undefeated record to 43-0 (34), while Ryder’s record drops to 32-7 (18).
TALKING POINT: Munguia’s defensive weaknesses could be crucial in determining his ability to compete at the highest level of the sport. Although he is exciting to watch and effective at his current level, there are significant flaws that fighters like Canelo and David Benavidez could exploit. Despite being knocked down four times, Ryder also landed some significant shots on Munguia.
QUOTABLE: “I know a lot of people didn’t believe in me, but this is the result of hard work,” Mungia said afterwards. “I’m ready for 168. Last time (against Derevyanchenko) I was throwing like crazy but this time I was timing my punches. I’m motivated for the next fight; it’s going to be bigger than this one. We want the best of the best at 168. If Canelo gives us the chance it would be an honour to share the ring.”
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Fans will demand that Munguia steps up the level of competition. The four men which fit the bill are Canelo, Benavidez, David Morrell and Caleb Plant. John Ryder has been a fantastic servant to the sport but tonight was proof he has stretched his career as far as he can and should seriously consider retirement.