Islington fighter to defend title against Australian opponent

John Ryder with the WBO inter-continental middleweight belt. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

John Ryder with the WBO inter-continental middleweight belt. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

Islington middleweight John Ryder will face experienced Australian Les Sherrington in his first defence of the WBO inter-continental title at the end of this month.

The former Angel ABC amateur, who defeated Theophilus Tetteh to win the belt in October, takes on Sherrington at the O2 Arena on Saturday January 31.

“Sherrington is a great fight for me to start the year with a bang,” said Ryder, who has won 19 of his 20 professional contests to date.

“He has bags of experience and has a good record of KO wins so I will need to be at my best, but I have been working hard over Christmas and am in great shape, so I am looking forward to shining on January 31.”

Sherrington, a 32-year-old Queenslander, has only fought outside his homeland once before, but brings a record of 35 wins and seven losses to London.

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He has held domestic and regional titles and has suffered just one defeat in his last nine fights, against former IBF world champion Sam Soliman.

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The undercard also features former Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell, now fighting at lightweight, as well as light-welterweight clashes between Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan, and John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn.

Tickets, priced at £40, are available at and on 0844 856 0202.

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