He has twice challenged for the British middleweight title and once for the Commonwealth middleweight title. As an amateur, Ryder fought for Angel Amateur Boxing Club in his birthplace of Islington, winning 30 fights out of 35. Ryder turned professional on 10 September 2010, scoring a first-round stoppage against Ben Deghani.
After Saunders vacated the British middleweight title, a bout was held between top contenders Ryder and Nick Blackwell on 30 May 2015.
Ryder lost his second attempt at the title after being stopped by Blackwell in seven rounds. Ryder bounced back on 30 January 2016, winning his second regional championship—the vacant WBA International middleweight title—with a unanimous decision over Sergey Khomitsky.