As first reported by Yahoo Sports reporter Kevin Iole, Bernard Hopkins has stated that Canelo Alvarez is ‘likely’ to take on Britain’s John Ryder in September. 

Prior to the lockdown, Canelo was set for a super-fight with Billy Joe Saunders, however, at the start of the month, the Brit ruled himself out of the fight in September. 

The news of the landmark fight will be welcomed by many British fight fans after Ryder was widely lauded for his last performance against Callum Smith back in November. 

In spite of losing a decision to Smith, the Londoner, who has previously held the WBA interim super-middleweight title, pushed the Super-Middleweight world champion to the limit in what was deemed a strong performance. 

Before his defeat to Smith, Ryder was on a stellar run of form as he earnt stoppage victories over Patrick Nielsen, Jamie Cox, Andrey Sirotkin and Bilal Akkawy. 

It remains to be seen whether a potential clash between Ryder and Canelo would take place behind closed doors or whether a limited live crowd would be allowed to attend, however, given the star power of the Mexican it seems unlikely he’d box behind-closed-doors. 

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