Rhodes respects Mexican champ

Pictured at Green Gym Ecclesall Road Sheffield ' Sheffield Boxer Ryan Rhodes, pictured training for his up and coming world title fight with Sa�l Alvarez' in mexico, with  mark willey
Pictured at Green Gym Ecclesall Road Sheffield ' Sheffield Boxer Ryan Rhodes, pictured training for his up and coming world title fight with Sa�l Alvarez' in mexico, with mark willey
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HE’S aggressive, explosive and a world champion at 20.

HE’S aggressive, explosive and a world champion at 20.

But Saul Alvarez can also be predictable - and that might be a weakness Sheffield’s title-hunter Ryan Rhodes can exploit early Sunday morning in their WBC light middleweight showdown in Mexico.

Rhodes has focused hard on his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses over the last few weeks, aided by advice from his trainer Dave Coldwell, who has researched Alvarez with meticulous care.

Rhodes told The Star: “Alvarez boxes as though he wants to take your head off. He throws combinations well and works well inside. But he comes at you in straight lines, which will work in my favour, because he is there to be hit. When he throws his punches he leaves himself wide open.”

So it seems it’s a classic counter-attack style - ingrained in Rhodes during his embryonic stage at the Ingle camp and rounded off in his 30s at Coldwell’s Rotherham gym - that appears to be his best weapon of dethroning the defending champion.

Rhodes certainly has admiration for his opponent.

“In Mexico you can turn pro at 15 and while people label him a prospect, at 20, he is a champion, not a novice,” he added. “He has a good work rate and wears people down. I am 34 and recognise I’m boxing the hottest prospect in world boxing, someone Oscar De La Hoya rates as the next superstar.

“I am going into the lion’s den and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Rhodes, who has had a successful training regime in Mexico over the last fortnight, said he is confident he will win the fight, which takes place early Sunday morning, our time, in front of 15,000 fans at the Arena VFG in Jalisco.