Ryder faces replacement foe

The Islington man has steadily risen up the middleweight rankings and can move closer to a major title shot with a win over the tough Argentine at London???s 02 Arena on January 31, live on Sports.

Godoy has twice fought Jorge Sebastien Heiland, who halted Matthew Macklin in November, and claimed a points win over his countryman before being stopped in the rematch.

The 28-year-old has only suffered two other defeats in his 34-fight career, with 15 wins coming inside the distance. ??

But Ryder, a skilful southpaw, must get past Godoy if he wants to make his mark in a division which includes domestic rivals such as Martin Murray, Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders.

???Godoy is a great opponent for John,??? said promoter Eddie Hearn. ???Billi has operated at a good level, he???s a tough Argentine that will ask John plenty of questions.

???We are looking to let John off the leash this year. Trainer Tony Sims has told me he is in great nick in the gym and I am expecting him to excite the fans on a big night in London.???

Ryder???s clash with Godoy is part of a busy night in the capital, with lightweight Kevin Mitchell topping the bill in a world title eliminator against Daniel Estrada.

There are two exciting light-welterweight bouts on the card as John Wayne Hibbert takes on Tyler Goodjohn and Tommy Martin will battle Ricky Boylan.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his professional debut, while exciting lightweight??Ohara Davies returns to action.