Coming up Saturday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez returns to his home region to defend his undisputed super middleweight title against England’s John Ryder in a scheduled 12-rounder. Pay per head boxing software and other bookies have Canelo as a -300 knockout favorite on the night.
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) May 4, 2023
And, we are ready to go over the fight by the numbers of interest and intrigue.
Examining Canelo vs Ryder By the Numbers
4,179- The length of time in days since Canelo last fought in his home country of Mexico. That’s 11 years and 5 months, since he defeated Kermit Cintron by TKO in November 2011 defending his WBC jr. middleweight crown in Mexico City.
22- The number of fights Alavarez has had since then, all in the USA and with a 20-2 record. The losses are to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013 and Dmitry Bivol in May 2022. Canelo’s wins include defeating middleweight champ Gennadiy Golovkin twice, light heavyweight champ Sergiy Kovalev and winning an undisputed 168 lb. title fight with Caleb Plant, as well.
34- The age of the Brit Ryder, who has a so-so, record of 32-5, 18 KOs. Ryder has lost previously to former WBA super middleweight champ Callum Smith, as well as then contenders Rocky Fielding and Billy Joe Saunders. Those are all fighters that Canelo has previously defeated in title defenses.
32- The age of Canelo who has also had 25 more fights in his career than Ryder with a record of 58-2-2.
50,000- Approximate capacity of the outdoor Estadio Akron (Akron Stadium) in the town of Zapopan near Guadalajara that opened in 2010 and typically, houses the top soccer league “Liga MX,” franchise C.D. Guadalajara for their home games.
73,126- the crowd to see Alvarez defeat Saunders by TKO two years ago on “Cinco De Mayo” Weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. That crowd broke the all time indoor attendance record for any bout in history.
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16 to 1- The betting odds on the heavily favored Canelo to score the victory Saturday night. He’s also a stiff -325 to get a KO inside of 12 rounds of Ryder with the decision prop odds for Alvarez at +250. If you are bold, or just risky on betting your dollars, Ryder remains a 7.5 to 1 underdog against the future hall of famer.
4-1- Canelo’s record fighting on the traditional “Cinco De Mayo” holiday weekend. That record has wins over Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Daniel Jacobs and Saunders. The loss to Bivol last May in Las Vegas snapped his streak of title wins on the holiday.
17- The number of different world title belts that Canelo has won in four weight divisions spanning from jr. middleweight to light heavyweight. He currently holds all four 168 lb. WBC/WBA/IBF and WBO titles.
$15 million- The guarantee reportedly for Alvarez with the likelihood that he’ll make double of that or more off of the Mexican domestic PPV and his negotiated price from the DAZN PPV money in the U.S., as well. Ryder is obviously happy to be involved and is getting a reported $2 million guarantee with a chance to up that figure to over $4 million off his share of the PPV, etc.