Boxing: John Ryder returns to winning ways with fine success over Patrick Nielsen
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 17 October 2017
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Islington’s John Ryder got himself back into the mix of the elite super-middleweights with a brilliant victory over Patrick Nielsen of Denmark at the Wembley Arena on Saturday.
The 29-year-old had lost his previous fight to Rocky Fielding in April, but returned to winning ways on the bill which also saw George Groves defend his WBA world super-middleweight title by beating Jamie Cox.
With both fighters being southpaws, it was Ryder that controlled the bout from the start, landing hard straight right jabs and left hooks, forcing Nielsen onto the back foot.
The jabs began to tell, with Nielsen suffering from swelling under his right eye, which was affecting him by round three.
The Danish boxer changed tactics going into round four by making use of counter-punches and slipping out of the way of Ryder’s powerful jabs and hooks.
However, Nielsen was still getting caught and the end came in round five when Ryder unleashed a right hook to the side of the Danish fighter’s head.
Ryder then followed that with a left hook and a right uppercut and the combination sent Nielsen to the canvas, with referee Bob Williams counting him out.
“Everything went exactly to plan. I thought I would get to him late on, but it came sooner than I expected and overall I think it was a pretty good performance on my part,” said Ryder.
“I was under quite a lot of pressure going into this fight and had I lost it, there would not have been a lot of places left for me to go, but it was my perfect night.” Also on the card was Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas, who made it eight wins from eight by beating Ferenc Katona of Hungary.
Thomas, the hard-hitting former St Pancras BC man, dominated the fight against a very strong opponent, who got caught with some hard punches.
It was Thomas’ faster hand speed that controlled the fight and in the fourth round, he landed a hard left hook to Katona’s ribs.
Thomas followed that with a right hook that sent the Hungarian hope to the canvas before being counted out by Robert Williams.
The 26-year-old does not have long to recover as he is scheduled to fight in Finland this weekend against an opponent yet to be confirmed.
And if he is in action, Thomas will look for a ninth straight win.