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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 super middleweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Saul ‘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 Vergil Ortiz Jr defeated Mauricio Herrera, Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was victorious over Freddy Fonseca and Lamont Roach beat Jonathan Oquendo.
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 5 years, at 33 years old.
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 130 more professional rounds, 217 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
John Ryder had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Callum Smith on 23rd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated 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.
Going into that contest, he had beat Andrey Sirotkin on 27th October 2018 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had won against Jamie Cox on 5th May 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at The O2 Arena, London.
He had beat Patrick Nielsen on 14th October 2017 by knockout in the 5th round at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Ryder's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 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.
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What were the odds on Ryder vs Akkawy?
John Ryder was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Bilal Akkawy made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.