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Rhodes vows to deliver Alvarez upset
Sheffield boxer says he is confident he'll beat the young Mexican
Posted Mar 27, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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It has been confirmed that British boxer Ryan Rhodes is the mandatory WBC title challenger and will be heading to Mexico to take on young sensation Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a world title bout to be held in June.
Rhodes is confident he can deliver an upset saying that the 20-year-old Mexican makes a lot of mistakes and that he has the power and experience to beat the rising star. Rhodes is unbeaten at light-middleweight however Alvarez is unbeaten in the purest sense of the word having won all 37 of his professional fights. Rhodes, 34, was told by the WBC that he will challenge for Alvarez's super-welterweight belt giving him his fourth chance at a world title.
Matthew Hatton (brother to ‘the hitman’) took Alvarez the distance earlier this month but couldn’t complete the order – Rhodes said he is confident that he can defeat the unbeaten el Canelo claiming the young Mexican throws a lot of punches but is also quite erratic.
Rhodes hasn’t fought for a world title since 2006 when he took on Gary Lockett in July of that year in a WBU bout and prior to that he faced and lost to Jason Matthews in 1999 and Otis Grant in 1997. It’s fair to say Rhodes has had his chance to prove himself and the wins just haven’t materialised.
To say he is going to defeat a fighter that has been dubbed the next Manny Pacquiao (by the Filipino himself) is going to be a tall order for Rhodes. The only thing the Sheffield fighter has going for him is his recent run of form with 10 wins out of 10 and a current number four spot in the WBC super-welterweight rankings.
Rhodes claims that his lack of world titles is down to his weight classification because all his title fights were at middleweight but much of his career has been spent in the division below that (light-middleweight).
I don’t see how Rhodes is going to have the minerals to trouble Alvarez who despite his age has racked up a very impressive 32 victories on the bounce with an unbeaten run that stretches back to a draw with Jorge Juarez back in June ’06.
Rhodes gave an interview on Hatton TV describing how the young Mexican had no respect for Matthew Hatton going into their recent bout which saw the judges agree unanimously that Alvarez won every round except the seventh because he was docked a point.
The interview had that feeling of an old timer wanting to teach a young gun a lesson but in my opinion Rhodes has had his chance, he’s a spent force and after 15 years in the business with precious few titles to speak of, I very much doubt he is going to be the one that knocks this rocket with cinnamon hair off course.