In the brutal world of boxing, where every jab tells a story, John Ryder, also known as ‘The Gorilla,’ has decided to pen the final chapter of his narrative. After over a decade of sweat, blood, and glory, Ryder has officially announced his retirement from professional boxing, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.
The Last Round: Defeat and a New Beginning
The decision comes on the heels of Ryder’s recent defeat to Jaime Munguia. A formidable Mexican opponent who halted the Londoner’s aspirations in the ninth round at the Footprint Center in Arizona’s Phoenix. This followed a respected campaign against Canelo Alvarez. Where Ryder took the undisputed champion the full distance, earning widespread acclaim. However, the game took an unexpected turn in the ring against the explosive Munguia.
With Honor and Legacy: John Ryder Steps Down
In a heartfelt statement, John Ryder expressed his decision, saying, “It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to hang my gloves and retire from professional boxing.” Reflecting on a career spanning nearly fourteen years. He recalled about his journey, starting from the York Hall Leisure Center in London to his final bout in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Although I didn’t manage to win that world title, I’ve achieved and experienced more than I could ever have imagined,” Ryder declared, emphasizing that his overall accomplishments and experiences compensate for the elusive world title.
THANKYOU! ITS BEEN A BEEN A HELL OF A RYD! 🦍 pic.twitter.com/CfxtGV0LKb
— john ryder (@_John_Ryder_) February 6, 2024
A New Chapter: Coaching at Matchroom Gym
In a surprising turn of events, John Ryder announced his transition from a fighter to a coach, joining the Matchroom Gym shortly. “Although my professional career as a boxer is now over, the sport won’t be able to get rid of me that easily,” he declared, hinting at an exciting new chapter in his life.
Tributes for a Warrior
Unsurprisingly, Ryder received heartfelt tributes from the boxing community. Lou DiBella expressed his conviction that Ryder had triumphed over Callum Smith, stating, “Congrats, John. You’ve had an admirable, memorable career and reached great heights in #boxing … a true professional.”
Matthew Hatton applauded Ryder’s decision to stay in the sport, calling him a “modern-day warrior” and emphasizing the need for more individuals like Ryder in boxing.
Done fantastic @_John_Ryder_ proper fighter & modern day warrior be proud of your career & achievements 👏🏻
Glad your staying in the sport, boxing needs more like yourself in it 👊🏻
Take Care Champ
— Matthew Hatton (@MagicMattHatton) February 6, 2024
Congrats, John. You’ve had an admirable, memorable career and reached great heights in #boxing … a true professional. Godspeed. And I’ll always believe that you beat Callum.
— Lou DiBella🥊 (@loudibella) February 6, 2024
A Legacy of Numbers: Ryder’s Record
John Ryder leaves the ring with a record of 32 wins, including eighteen knockouts, and seven losses. A fighter who faced some of the biggest names in the sport, Ryder can undoubtedly hold his head high as he steps into a new role within the boxing world.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 6, 2024
In the grand theater of boxing, where emotions run as high as the stakes, John Ryder has taken his final bow. His retirement signifies not just an end but a promising beginning as he steps into the ring of coaching, leaving a legacy that echoes far beyond the canvas.