By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
RYAN RHODES is counting on his superior experience to spring an upset against Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez on Saturday.
Undefeated Alvarez, 20, beat Manchester’s Matthew Hatton to win the WBC world light-middleweight title in March and makes his first defence against Sheffield’s former European king Rhodes in Mexico.
Rhodes, 34, turned pro when Alvarez was just four years old and won the British title aged 20 to become the youngest domestic champion since the War. Rhodes admits he was too inexperienced when he first fought and lost a world title fight against Otis Grant in 1997 – but says Alvarez is now the one out of his depth.
He said: “He has been doing great for his age. I won the British title at his age so I appreciate what he has done.
“But I think there are some flaws in his technique and he tries to take you out with every shot.
“I think my experience will count and he has never fought someone as strong as me before. He is used to fighting smaller men.
“When I hit him it’s going to be a big shock to him. I know he gets frustrated really easily because I saw him do it with Matthew Hatton.
“I know he loses his cool, but he’s a young kid. I remember when I was 20 I was like that. It takes me back to when I boxed Otis Grant, but this time I’m the old, wise fox and he’s me when I was 20 years old.”
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