Godoy ready for Ryder test

The Argentine stands in the way of Ryder’s charge towards a major title shot, and the two middleweights meet over 10 rounds this weekend at the O2 Arena.

Godoy counts former welterweight champ and Floyd Mayweather opponent Carlos Baldomir among his 31 victims, and Jorge Sebastian Heiland – last seen stopping Matthew Macklin – is another notable scalp on his record.

The 28-year-old has been beaten three times since that 2012 win over Baldomir, but he sees Saturday’s fight as a route back to the top.

“I am in good shape for this fight because I’ve had some good wins,” he said. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I’ll be up there in the rankings again.??

“I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title (Ryder’s WBO inter-continental belt), which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he’s a good boxer so I’ll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him.

“Fights are fights. I always respect my rivals. I have my experience and a lot of confidence. I’m sure it’s going to be a great fight, I’m going to win as I always do.

“It was a very strange sensation being in the ring with Baldomir who was like an idol to me. He’s fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah so I never thought I’d be facing him in the ring in my life! Anyway, I had to fight him, he was my rival and I had to treat him as such.”

The Godoy-Ryder contest will take second billing to the main event: Kevin Mitchell’s WBC lightweight title eliminator against Daniel Estrada.

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