Canelo Alvarez Announces May 6 Homecoming Fight In Mexico.
The show will mark the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jalisco’s independence.
The Mexican star and undisputed super middleweight champion Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KO) announced that he will have a homecoming fight in his native land of Jalisco on May 6 against John Ryder.
He will defend his undisputed super middleweight championship on May 6 against interim WBO champion John Ryder in Jalisco, Mexico.
The Guadalajara, Jalisco-born Alvarez has not fought on Mexican soil ever since scoring a fifth-round TKO win against Kermit Cintrón in Nov. 2011 at the Monumental Plaza de Toros México in Mexico City.
“I am ready to return to my home to defend my titles in the place where I was born, and start my story with the people who have always supported me,” Alvarez said in a video he filmed with Enrique Alfaroc, the Governor of Jalisco.
“I will fight for Jalisco and celebrate with you the greatness of our land.”
The 32-year-old Alvarez will face British boxer John Ryder in his next fight.
Both sides have been in advanced negotiations with Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn in recent months. Hearn has consistently maintained that the 34-year-old Ryder (32-5, 18 KOs) is the next opponent for Alvarez.
Ryder will be a massive underdog against Alvarez, who is 58-2-2 with 39 knockouts. Alvarez is fourth on Yahoo Sports’ pound-for-pound rankings.
Ryder is 32-5 with 18 KOs.
Before winning the interim belt by defeating Parker, his biggest win was a split decision over Danny Jacobs on Feb. 12, 2022, in London.
The plan is for Alvarez to use the fight with Ryder, who won the interim WBO belt when he defeated Zach Parker at the O2 Arena in London on Nov. 26, as a tune-up of sorts.
Parker broke his right hand in the fight and could not continue, giving Ryder the win.
If Alvarez gets past Ryder, as expected, he’ll rematch with Dmitry Bivol in September.
Bivol defeated Alvarez on May 7, 2022, in Las Vegas in a light heavyweight title fight. The rematch would be at super middleweight.
Alvarez underwent left wrist surgery late last year following his unanimous decision win against archrival Gennadiy Golovkin in a September trilogy bout.