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Photos: Saul Alvarez-Ryan Rhodes Final Mexico Presser

By Miguel Rivera

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is ready for his first defense of the WBC super welterweight title, which takes place on Saturday June 18 at Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco (6:00 pm). Alvarez and Ryan Rhodes, his official challenger, were face to face at the final press conference held at the Pan American Volleyball Stadium, with a squad of local media, national and international media.

"The birth of a new idol in Mexico, a young man who leads from border to border and coast to coast, with bravery, courage, heart, dignity and the honor of being Mexican," said Jose Sulaiman, WBC President.

Eric Gomez, of Golden Boy Promotions, thanked all of the sponsors for their support in order to bring the first defense of Saul Alvarez to Guadalajara. The fight is going to be broadcast on HBO and Televisa, whihc are the major television stations in the United States and Mexico.

On his turn at the microphone, "El Canelo" said he was grateful and happy for those who support him:

"I'm very happy because this is what we were dreaming about, even before I was a world champion, and that was to make the first defense in Guadalajara - and we have complied with that. We always take our work very seriously and prepare 100% for the fight. As I told my manager, we do not like to talk much, we'll just show everything in the ring. Rhodes says he'll knock me out, but I do my talking in the ring, and that is where I'll teach him respect .'

Meanwhile, the challenger Ryan Rhodes advised Canelo to expect a real war in the ring. Even the European fighter recalled that when Matthew Hatton faced Alvarez in March, this was not a natural junior middleweight, but this time Alvarez will be in the ring with a real junior middleweight.

"I came to win, in my view there is no other outcome than winning his title and I'll taking it back to my country," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by knockoutkid on 06-17-2011

Heavyweight vs Light Middleweight, just like Chavez Jr vs Zbik....disgrace.

Comment by knockoutkid on 06-17-2011

Its ridiculous because you know Alvarez will probably put on 20lbs overnight! whatever water sapping drugs theyre using need to be banned! or everyone needs to know about them and use them.

Comment by Control- on 06-17-2011

[IMG]http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/4273/alv.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by budfr on 06-17-2011

[QUOTE=jjbj2;10704129]What are those cartoon characters at the back? I know they are promotional still like to know the background story.[/QUOTE] they are characters for the Panamerican games that will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Comment by Hamaru on 06-16-2011

I actually think this is a step up for Canelo. He didn't want to fight Austin; however, Rhodes is not a push-over. He may go for even tougher competition depending on how this fight goes.

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