Super Middleweight Praised by Canelo Announces Decision to Retire
Following his defeat to Jaime Munguia, John Ryder has revealed what the future holds for him, and via his X account, he has announced his retirement from professional boxing. “The Gorilla” enjoyed a great career despite not winning a world title. In his statement, he mentioned some personal highlights and thanked key contributors to his success.
John Ryder Announces Retirement
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John Ryder Releases Statement
The statement from Ryder was an emotional one but one of seeming contentment. “It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the decision to hang up my gloves and retire from professional boxing.
“I’ve been absolutely blessed to have the most amazing career over the past 14 years. Starting in Bethnal Green in 2010 and ending in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve been lucky enough to box everywhere from the 02 Arena, T-Mobile in Vegas, Alexandra Palace, Manchester Arena to Guadalajara in Mexico. For a boy from Islington, it’s been some run.
“Although I didn’t manage to win that world title, I’ve achieved and experienced more than I could ever have imagined when I first put on a pair of boxing gloves, and I wouldn’t change that for any belt.
The Future for Ryder
His statement continued and revealed what’s next for him: “I’d like to thank the whole team and Matchroom, especially Eddie, Barry and Frank. My trainer and manager Tony and Charlie Sims and my S&C coach Dan Lawrence for their constant support. And of course, my loving family. My partner Nancy, and kids Heidi and Brody, gave me the strongest ‘why‘ possible over the past decade in this sport. I’m blessed to have you all in my corner.
“Finally, 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 at the Matchroom gym very shortly. There’s no place like home.”
What a career it’s been for John “The Gorilla” Ryder, who has never been afraid to mix it with the best. Aside from his impressive boxing skills, “Canelo” said it best when praising the Englishman for his toughness following their bout.
Take a trip down memory lane with us – to when Ryder fought “Canelo.”