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John Ryder vs Bilal Akkawy report
Who won Ryder vs Akkawy?
John Ryder beat Bilal Akkawy by technical knockout in the 3rd round on Saturday 4th May 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA super middleweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez beating Daniel Jacobs for the IBF World Middleweight, WBA Super World Middleweight, WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship. Also, on the undercard Lamont Roach defeated Jonathan Oquendo, Vergil Ortiz Jr was victorious over Mauricio Herrera and Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz beat Freddy Fonseca.
Ryder vs Akkawy stats
John Ryder stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Bilal Akkawy made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 20 wins and 1 draw, with 16 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Akkawy had a large advantage in power over Ryder, boosting at 80% knock out percentage over Ryder's 56%.
John Ryder was the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Akkawy had a height advantage of 1 inch over Ryder.
John Ryder fought out of the southpaw stance, while Bilal Akkawy was an orthodox fighter.
Ryder was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 8 months earlier than Akkawy, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 158 more professional rounds, 245 to Akkawy's 87.
John Ryder went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBA, 10 by the WBC and 12 by the IBF at super middleweight.
Bilal Akkawy was ranked number 4 by the WBA and 10 by the IBF in the 168lb division.
Ryder vs Akkawy form
Ryder had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Zach Parker on 26th November 2022 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO Interim World Super Middleweight championship fight at The o2, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Daniel Jacobs on 12th February 2022 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Alexandra Palace, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Mike Guy on 18th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida, United States.
Before that, he had been beaten by Callum Smith on 23rd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had won against Bilal Akkawy on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA Interim World Super Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Ryder's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
What time did Ryder vs Akkawy start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Ryder vs Akkawy?
Ryder vs Akkawy was broadcast on DAZN in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Action.
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