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Ryder to meet Russian rival Sirotkin in final eliminator for a shot at world strap

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 13 September 2018

Islington super-middleweight John Ryder (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Islington super-middleweight John Ryder (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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‘The Gorilla’ headlines Matchroom show at Copper Box October 27

Islington’s John Ryder faces Andrey Sirotkin in a final eliminator for the WBA super-middleweight world title at the Copper Box Arena on October 27.

The 30-year-old is back in action following his stunning two-round destruction of Jamie Cox at The O2 Arena in May.

It was another explosive statement from ‘The Gorilla’ following his brilliant win over Patrick Nielsen inside five rounds,

and now Ryder finds himself just one win away from a dream shot at a super-middleweight world title.

Sirotkin, the current WBA inter-continental champion, sits two places behind Ryder in the rankings at number five and is unbeaten in all 15 of his contests.

The Russian has also picked up a number of ranking titles from the WBC and WBO along the way.

“It’s great to be boxing back on Sky Sports again and to be headlining in my home town is a proud moment for me,” said Ryder.

“That’s going to spur me on to get the win and put me in contention to fight for a world title.

“This is such a big fight for me, I’ve had to be patient off the back of two big wins, but things have fallen in to place now and I’m fully focused.

“The winner goes on from here and it’s a long, hard road back for the loser.”

The main event on October 27 will be supported by one of the best trade cards of the year.

Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield battle it out for the vacant British super-welterweight title in one of the most highly-anticipated domestic matchups of the year.

Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth featherweight belt against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.

Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch cruiserweight contest, while Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA inter-continental light-heavyweight title fight with Craig Richards.

Felix Cash, Martin J Ward, Bellotti, Charlie Duffield and George Fox are also booked for action on what looks sets to be another action-packed night for Ryder and his loyal following in the capital.

Tickets can be purchased from stubhub.co.uk and copperboxarena.org.

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