Ryder unsure about Sheffield mystery man Jez

John Ryder, left, in action against Billy Joe Saunders.
John Ryder, left, in action against Billy Joe Saunders.
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Boxer John Ryder says he is in the dark about his contest with Sheffield’s Jez Wilson, this coming weekend.

The pair fight out a British middleweight title eliminator at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday.

Londoner Ryder said: “I don’t know a lot about Jez Wilson – there isn’t much of him on YouTube but I have seen his record and who he has boxed,” said Ryder. “It is a good record and it speaks for itself. He has had 13 fights, 11 wins, one loss and one draw. He has been stopped once but you can’t read too much into that, the guy (Farai Musiyiwa) was a bit of a banger and I think he might have just got caught early on, caught a bit cold and maybe tried to have a bit of a tear up with him and come unstuck.”

Ryder lost a 12-rounder with Billy Joe Saunders last September. He said: “If you lose and you learn, it isn’t such a bad thing and I will come back a better fighter. I didn’t get hurt and I learnt a lot. There are good things to come from me and I will be better for having had that fight, and I will be better over the distance now.

Wilson - a fire service officer and a much avoided fighter - travels to the capital from his home in Crosspool ready for his first fight in over a year.