Middleweight “The Gorilla” John Ryder (19-1, 11KO’s) managed to pick up his fourth victory of the year and the WBO intercontinental title in the process with a steady performance against late replacement Theophilus Tetteh (16-7-2, 9KO’s) this evening.
Originally the Islington fighter was scheduled to fight recent Frank Buglioni victor Sergey Khomitsky, but after a late withdrawal, was thrust in with the durable Ghanaian who has fought predominantly as a light middleweight in recent contests.
The performance was good against a tricky but limited opponent, with Ryder imposing his size and power onto his African counterpart. Once Ryder was inside he utilized a variety of power shots from mid to close range with a raking right hook a prominent weapon in dismantling his foe. The only criticism that could be leveled against the former British and Commonwealth title challenger is that he sometimes crowded his work a little bit too much on the inside, but that as they say is clutching at straws.
Referee Richie Davies had a look in upon Tetteh on a number of occasions after receiving a barrage of powerful shots; he visited the corner of the away fighter in between the third and fourth rounds to remind the corner of their duties towards their fighter.
However at 2.56 of round five he had finally seen enough, calling a halt to the action to award Ryder the victory to the joy of a rapturous home crowd.
Speaking after the fight Ryder said, “I want to keep progressing and getting up there in the world rankings. I’ve just got to keep going and going.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn followed in, “We can’t wait around forever for the British title. It would be nice to but we can’t. It’s time to climb those word rankings now, John is a fighter with massive ability.”