Date of birth : 28/11/1992
Weight : Cruiserweight
Nationality : Belgium
Cruiserweight : WBA world champion
Total fights : 31
Wins : 30
Wins by KO : 30
Ryad Merhy is an Ivorian-born Belgian professional boxer who currently holds the WBA World cruiserweight title.
Ryad first started boxing at the age of 14. He turned professional in 2013 and won 18 consecutive fights, before winning the WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title. He improved his record to 24–0, before getting a shot at the vacant WBA cruiserweight title against Arsen Goulamirian. Merhy would end up losing for the first time as a professional.
Eventually Ryad conquered the WBA World cruiserweight title in 2019 by beating the undefeated Imre Szello with a knockout after seven rounds. The pandemic forced Merhy to be out of the ring for almost two years but in his first fight after the pandemic, in 2021 he successfully retained his WBA belt by knocking out Zhang in a spectacular fight.