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 Last update:  6/19/2011       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky            &
Rhodes: This is Not The End, He Was Just Too Strong
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Junior middleweight Ryan Rhodes, suffering the third knockout loss of his career on Saturday night in Guadalajara, has no intention of packing up his bags to retire from boxing. In an earlier BoxingScene story, Rhodes admitted that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was too strong and his bodyshots were too damaging. The end came in the twelfth round when the referee finally saved Rhodes from further punishment.

"I watched his last fight and saw flaws but he was bigger, stronger and faster than I expected. I found out that he had to lose 25 pounds to make the weight for his last fight; this time his people had him in camp at altitude for six weeks. I don't feel old and I don't feel like I've reached the end. Before this fight I had not lost in five years and I can still compete at an elite level – Alvarez is a very good fighter. It's that simple, no excuses," Rhodes told reporter Steve Bunce of The Mirror.

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comment by CymruAmByth, on 06-20-2011
[QUOTE=chris30]Exactly! What use would boxing be if we didn't have fighters who were willing to lose, then fight on. It would be like the premier league with only 4 teams. Why the hell should Rhodes retire just because he got beaten by an admittedly much better fighter??[/QUOTE] Hear hear. Som...

comment by chris30, on 06-20-2011
[QUOTE=CymruAmByth]People seem to forget that for alot of fighters boxing is their job. Just because they can't compete at the top level doesn't mean they should retire. He can still make some good money at European level so why not continue fighting?[/QUOTE] Exactly! What use would boxing be if ...

comment by PRINCE O' PROSE, on 06-20-2011
Rhodes murking Hatton would be nice.

comment by D-MiZe, on 06-20-2011
Rhodes should fight Matt Hatton, but will that happen because of Ricky?

comment by PRINCE O' PROSE, on 06-20-2011
Rhodes fought Alvarez a little like McCloskey fought Khan, except the guy he was walking up on doesn't have Khan-like in and out movement and footspeed, so there was less reason to be throwing so little. Alvarez does have some fast hands and crunching power, so it was always far from a cinch...

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