WHEN DO THE GLADIATORS MEET? The dance of fists and wits, featuring Canelo Alvarez and John Ryder, is slated for Saturday, May 6th, 2023. The magnificent Estadio Akron in Zapopan will echo with the roars of the crowd, each punch and counterpunch.

This spectacle unfolds over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight arena. Each combatant will tip the scales at no more than 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG). A contest of this magnitude is not merely for personal glory, but for the undisputed super middleweight championship of the world. At stake are the prestigious IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO belts.

Accompanying this main event, spectators will relish in Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela’s duel with Steve Spark, Oleksandr Gvozdyk’s clash with Ricards Bolotniks, and Julio Cesar Martinez’s challenge against Ronal Batista for the WBC World Flyweight title.

TALE OF THE TAPE: CANELO VS RYDER Canelo Alvarez strides into the arena with a record of 58 victories, 2 defeats, and 2 draws. An impressive 39 of his victories were earned by knockout.

John Ryder, no less a warrior, approaches the ring boasting a record of 32 victories, 5 defeats, and no draws. His power is evident, with 18 of his victories coming by knockout.

The statistics indicate a slight edge in knockout power for Canelo, boasting a 67% knockout percentage compared to Ryder’s respectable 56%. The two-year age gap tips in favour of a younger Canelo, aged 32.

Ryder, however, holds a 2-inch advantage in reach. Styles make fights, and this one features Canelo, the orthodox fighter, against the southpaw, Ryder.

Canelo’s experience surpasses Ryder’s, having engaged in 25 more fights. His professional debut precedes Ryder’s by nearly five years. The total rounds he’s fought amount to 460, compared to Ryder’s 233.

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John Ryder, however, currently sits as the 4th ranked contender by the RING in the 168lb division.

FORM GUIDE: CANELO VS RYDER Canelo has tamed 4 of his previous 5 challengers, stopping 3 within the distance. His last victory was a masterclass against Gennady Golovkin, decided unanimously in his favor.

Previously, he tasted defeat at the hands of Dmitry Bivol, succumbing unanimously. Prior to this setback, he triumphed over Caleb Plant, Billy Joe Saunders, and Avni Yildirim.

John Ryder, with equal tenacity, has triumphed over 4 of his last 5 adversaries. His latest victory was against Zach Parker, stopped in the 4th round. Prior to this, he won against Daniel Jacobs and Mike Guy, and had a setback against Callum Smith.

ACTIVITY CHECK In terms of recent activity, Canelo Alvarez has been more active than John Ryder. His last fight was 7 months and 17 days ago, compared to Ryder’s 5 months and 8 days.

Canelo’s last 5 contests span 2 years, 2 months, and 7 days, averaging a fight every 5 months and 8 days. Ryder, on the other hand, has fought less frequently over the past 4 years.

RINGWALK AND BROADCAST INFO The warriors are expected to make their ring walk around 3:00 AM UTC at Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico. This translates to 11:00 PM EST or 8:00 PM PST for those on America’s West Coast, or 4:00 AM BST for UK fans.

The DAZN PPV show, the modern-day colosseum for these gladiators, is expected to commence at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST. The DAZN Global broadcast is slated to begin at the stroke of midnight (BTS).

HOW TO WITNESS THE BATTLE: CANELO VS RYDER? You can be part of this history-making event by streaming it via the DAZN global app, available in the UK and most countries worldwide. The app is compatible with PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, Smart TVs, and many other devices.

For those wishing to stream the Canelo vs Ryder PPV via the DAZN app, existing subscribers can gain access for $64.99, while newcomers will be charged $84.99, which also includes a month of access to DAZN’s other live events and content.

ODDS ON THE DUEL: CANELO VS RYDER? In this battle of might and mettle, Canelo Alvarez is the heavy favourite, standing at 1/16 (-1700) to emerge victorious. However, if you’re a believer in miracles and long shots, John Ryder’s odds stand at an enticing 7/1 (+700) for an upset.

In this contest where courage meets skill, where determination faces experience, each punch thrown and absorbed will reverberate through the annals of boxing history. Every moment in the ring is a testament to the fighters’ commitment and their indomitable will. On May 6th, 2023, two warriors will step into the ring, but only one will leave as the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world.