John Ryder Next Fight: Could Be Zach Parker For WBO Interim Title Or Berlanga Stateside
Matchroom Boxing‘s chairman Eddie Hearn told ProBoxingFans in an exclusive interview that during the ongoing negotiations for the major domestic heavyweight championship clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, Queensberry Promotion’s George Warren, who represents both Fury and Zach Parker, made an offer to John Ryder to face the Derby Super Middleweight in his next fight.
Parker (22-0, 16 KOs) was supposed to face former middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade on the 21st of May at the Pride Park Stadium, Derby for the WBO Interim 168-pound championship but the American suffered a right shoulder injury which forced the bout to be postponed.
The fight was reordered in August and after the sides failed to reach a deal, the fight went to purse bids. Queensberry won the bids by being the only bidder; offering $305,000. Andrade has since pulled out of the fight.
Next in line with the WBO is uncrowned champion Ryder (31-5, 17 KOs), who most people fell got the better of Callum Smith in their 2019 Liverpool bout. Queensberry has offered Ryder a fight with Parker, likely for the interim title. Parker was supposed to return Nov 5 in Nottingham.
Also on the table for John Ryder is unbeaten Puerto Rican Edgar Berlanga (20-0, 16 KOs). Berlanga publicly called out Ryder over social media in the last few days. Hearn told ProBoxingFans that they were in discussions for that bout with Bob Arum’s Top Rank as well. Ryder was also in negotiations to face Munguia which seems to have fallen through.
Ryder has an ultimatum to make between Berlanga and Parker, both would see him be the ‘away fighter’ on a different platform. The Parker fight could, however, be more lucrative and allow him to be elevated to full champion or mandatory challenger to Canelo Alvarez.