London Calling for Les Sherrington in John Ryder showdown

LES Sherrington will find himself on one of the biggest platforms this month, in the hope of causing a mild upset over highly regarded Englishman John Ryder on January 31st.

Sherrington, 32, will travel to London to fight in front on an expected 10,000 strong audience at the 02 Arena to challenge the WBO #10 middleweight Ryder, 26, holder of the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight bauble.

The card, which boasts a selection of talented Englishman, most notably former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell and heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua, will be promoted by leading British promoter Matchroom Sport, giving Sherrington the opportunity to score a career-defining win on English subscription giant Sky Sports.

The Gold Coast-based Sherrington (35-7, 19 KOs) is riding a two-fight win streak, scoring shutout decision wins over Kazuyuki Fukuyama and Samir Santos Barbosa over a twelve month span that was served for rebuilding following a ninth-round stoppage loss at the hands of former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman in 2013.

While Ryder (19-1, 11 KOs) is arguably the weakest link in a formidable pack of British middleweights that presently boasts Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin, Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr, he is without a doubt the firm favourite to retain his recently acquired regional strap.

The lone blemish on the London-based Ryder’s record came at the hands of the aforementioned Saunders, who edged Ryder in a dual defence of his British and Commonwealth middleweight titles in 2013.

“Sherrington is a great fight for me to start the year with a bang,” said Ryder in a release issued by Matchroom Sport. “He has bags of experience and has a good record of knockout wins so I will need to be at my best, but I have been working hard over Christmas and am in great shape, so I am looking forward to shining on January 31.”

An upset victory over Ryder could put Sherrington on the road to a potential rematch with Sam Soliman, or add lustre to a discussed domestic showdowns with Daniel Geale and local rival Jarrod Fletcher.

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