British Boxer

John Ryder

‘The Gorilla’

Super Middleweight Southpaw John Ryder has been using Suzi Wong for his bespoke boxing kits for many years. As great friends with Suzi Wong wearer Ricky Burns, we have welcomes John into the design studio on several occasions, and when he can’t come down to the studio we arrange designs and ideas over email. 

Nicknames ‘The Gorilla’ we have previously used black fur for some comedy value in the ring walk. 

John Ryder Career

Of recent years John has really announced himself on the world scene, former opponents including Rocky Fielding, Jamie Cox and  fighting over in Las Vegas winning the WBA Interim title he secured a fight with WBBS Super Series Winner and World Champion Liverpools Callum Smith.   Overlooked he felt by Callum and his team, John put in an amazing performance and took Callum the 12 rounds, demanding an immediate rematch after the result went Callum’s way, many thinking John just stole it. 

John Ryder
Callum Smith v John Ryder, WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight title fight, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. 23rd November 2019 Picture By Dave Thompson

John Ryder Interview

Below we catch up with John about what inspired him to be a fighter and where he sees himself in 5 years;

Where are you from?

Islington, North London, UK 


The Gorilla 




Growing up I loved watching Prince Naseem, Chris Eubank, and Nigel Benn.  I got involved myself after going to watch Colin Dunne box. 

What age did you started boxing?


Amateur Boxing Club? 

Angel ABC 

Where you train now?

Matchroom Boxing Elite Gym 


Tony Sims 


Matchroom Boxing

Where you see yourself in 5 years?

Nearing the end of my career, having achieved everything I set out to.  I would like to move into training fighters when i have retired. 

Favourite Suzi Wong kit?

 My favourite kit was when I boxed under the bright lights of Lax Vegas, USA. I had a white leather kit with the colours of the Union Jack running through it.

Achievements to date?

Middleweight WBO Intercontinental Champion 

WBA International Champion 

Super Middleweight IBF Champion 

International WBA Interim Champion 

Favourite fighter?

Canelo Alvarez and Vasyl Lomachenko 

Tyson or AJ?

Anthony Joshua 

John Ryder Custom Boxing Shorts & Fightwear

by Suzi Wong

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