RY­DER CHANCE

Is­ling­ton south­paw gets nal elim­i­na­tor on home soil

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JOHN RY­DER has been plug­ging away valiantly on the do­mes­tic scene for years and now the Is­ling­ton south­paw gets his big chance when he faces Rus­sia’s An­drey Sirotkin at the Cop­per Box Arena in Strat­ford on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 27). Their 12-rounder on this Matchroom show (tele­vised on Sky Sports) is a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the WBA su­per-mid­dleweight ti­tle. Ry­der, 26-4 (14), lost nar­rowly to Rocky Field­ing last year, but his im­proved punch­ing power should ac­count for port­sider Sirotkin, whose 15-0 (4) ledger has been com­piled against lesser op­po­si­tion.

A crack­ing 12 for the va­cant Bri­tish su­per­wel­ter­weight belt pits Ber­mond­sey banger Ted Cheese­man, 14-0 (9), against Read­ing’s Asinia By­field, 14-1 (6). Smart-box­ing By­field has good skills, but the pick is for the strong Cheese­man to grind him down for a points vic­tory. Else­where, hav­ing ripped the Com­mon­wealth feath­er­weight crown from Reece Bel­lotti on a stop­page in June, Manch­ester’s Ryan Doyle makes his first de­fence against slick Jor­dan Gill, 21-0 (5), from Chat­teris. Doyle, 17-2-1 (9), has the power to edge a close one.

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/PETER CZIBORRA

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