By Jhonny Gonzalez

According to Eric Gomez, head matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, Ryan Rhodes has raised his demands for a possible shot at the WBC junior middleweight champion, Saul "Canleo" Alvarez (36-0, 26KOs). The WBC recently appointed Rhodes (45-4, 31KOs) as the mandatory challenger. The fight is tentative for June 18 in Veracruz, Mexico. If the two sides are unable to reach a deal by the end of April, a purse bid will be ordered.

Gomez says there are other possible options on the table, in the event a deal is not reached with Alvarez.

"Rhodes is not the only possible opponent. There are other options that we can not mention because it might complicate the negotiations. We need to sit down and talk to Canelo, and get a clear idea as to the venue and the opponent....that's all we want. He has a great future and we're looking at opponents, but we are not going to rush him. Rhodes is a good opponent, difficult, but let's see what is best. We will have the best selection so the people can have a good fight," Gomez told Sal Rodriguez.