John Ryder emerged victorious on Saturday to claim the vacant IBF international title after outpointing Adam Etches.
With such a jubilant performance by ‘The Gorilla’, you’d expect the Londoner to go off partying with his friends over the weekend… well think again.
The following day Ryder went on a 10K charity run to support his friend who recently lost his father after he lost his battle to cancer.
“We had planned to do the 10K run for a while, it was just how it fell, I didn’t expect the fight to be on the same weekend. I was always going to do it as he’s a very good mate of mine. His dad had been battling cancer for a while and unfortunately, we lost him in December,” Ryder explained to World Boxing News.
“We went on the run and there were emotions running high, especially for my friend Phil. It was a lovely day and a beautiful thing to do for a great cause.”
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The man from Islington was ecstatic by the win on Saturday and is adamant that super-middleweight is the long-term division for him to compete at.
“I’m over the moon, it was a fight that could have been my last. I felt energised and fuelled for the fight with Etches, I am definitely stronger and better at this weight.
“I have to take my hat off to Adam though as every boxer needs a dancing partner – he fought a very good fight. Every time it looked like the referee was going to stop it, Adam would then pull off a good little combination.
“There was a lot of courage shown by him, I have a lot of respect for him and the crowd seemed to really enjoy it, the atmosphere felt electric. I think there was only 4,000 there but it felt like we were fighting at an arena.
“I’m now going to sit down with my management team and see where we take things next. Hopefully, I can be involved in more big fights for titles,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95