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British Boxing Vet John Ryder Calls It a Day After Jaime Munguia Defeat

In a move that surprised many, 35-year-old British boxer John Ryder has officially announced his retirement from professional boxing. The decision comes just 10 days after Ryder suffered a defeat at the hands of Jaime Munguia in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ryder, a former WBO interim super-middleweight titleholder, had a notable career, challenging Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for undisputed gold in May 2023. Despite a valiant effort, Canelo emerged victorious on points in his native Mexico. Ryder’s last bout in January ended with a ninth-round stoppage by Munguia.

Expressing his sentiment, Ryder stated, “It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the decision to hang up my gloves and retire from professional boxing.” Reflecting on his journey, he acknowledged the incredible experiences, from fighting at iconic venues like the O2 Arena and T-Mobile in Vegas to the memorable clash in Guadalajara, Mexico.

While Ryder fell short of winning a world title, he expressed gratitude for the enriching experiences his boxing career provided. He thanked his coaching team, promoters, and his “loving family,” particularly highlighting the support from his partner Nancy and children Heidi and Brody.

Looking ahead, Ryder revealed his next venture, saying, “Although my professional career as a boxer is now over, the sport won’t be able to get rid of me that easily, and I look forward to officially starting my new career as a coach working alongside Tony [Sims] at the Matchroom Gym very shortly. There’s no place like home.”

Ryder’s career included a notable victory against Daniel Jacobs in 2022, securing a split decision in London. As he transitions into coaching, the boxing community will undoubtedly keep an eye on Ryder’s next chapter.

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