Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Bouts 2 - Updated Wed, Feb 16 2022
Jacobs (37-3, 30 KO) hasn’t fought since his Nov. 2020 win over Gabriel Rosado, a somewhat controversial decision in a truly dreadful fight. That bout came 11 months after the wild scene in Arizona, where Julio Cesar Chavez Jr quit after five rounds against Jacobs, leading to a small-scale riot in the Phoenix venue. Ryder (30-5, 17 KO) will have home field in London, and the 33-year-old southpaw is definitely a viable and dangerous opponent, but he doesn’t come in with much more career momentum than Jacobs. After a highly disputed decision loss to Callum Smith in 2019 — a fight many thought Ryder deserved to win — he’s only fought in a pair of club-level bouts, beating Mike Guy in Dec. 2020 and Jozef Jurko in Sept. 2021.