EXCLUSIVE: John Ryder confirms ringside plans for Zeuge v Fielding, wants the winner

Phil Jay 13/06/2018

📸 Lawrence Lustig

Super-middleweight contender John Ryder has informed WBN of plans to make an appearance in Germany for the recently announced WBA title clash between champion Tyron Zeuge and challenger Rocky Fielding. 

Zeuge and Fielding have agreed to trade blows on July 14 in Offenburg, with Ryder intending to keep a firm eye on events before calling out the eventual victor.

“I will be ringside and I want to fight the winner,” Ryder exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I believe Rocky has a good chance of beating him, and a rematch with the belt on the line between me and him would be a perfect pitch for revenge.

“It would give me the chance to finally put things right.

“If Zeuge wins, I will fight him in his backyard. I’m comfortable fighting people in their hometown, but more importantly, I want my shot!”

Fielding defeated ‘The Gorilla’ via a close split decision in 2017 and there have been calls from Ryder’s handler Charlie Sims for a second fight ever since.

Ryder will have to keep his fingers crossed for an underdog win in order to get his revenge opportunity, with Fielding confident he can get the job done and take the belt.

“I’m very excited for this. It’s what I have dreamed of since being a young kid – to become World Champion and we’re nearly there,” said Fielding.

“To have the date locked in makes it all the more real and it’s something now to focus and aim towards. I have watched and tracked Zeuge since he won the World Title against De Carolis. He’s a good fighter with decent footwork in particular. He’s undefeated and has done everything they have asked of him so far.

“I boxed on the recent Brook card and been ticking over and working with my coach Jamie Moore since. The Ramirez fight fell through which was disappointing but everything happens for a reason, my promoter Eddie Hearn said I’ll be in a big fight in July so that kept me going. I can’t wait for the opening bell.”

On the other hand, WBA title-holder Zeuge is sure he can resist the challenge of Fielding.

“I’m really looking forward to the fight,” said Zeuge, the 26 year-old from Berlin.

“It takes place on the same day as the World Cup third-place play-off in Russia, but I promise to my fans that they won’t see anything but the best from me, a real final, and another successful defence of my WBA World Super Middleweight title. I’m in full training and I feel strong!”

The WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Rocky Fielding will be shown live and exclusive on Sport1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK. Tickets are on sale now and available via www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-533933.