WBC jr. middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KO) will defend his newly-won title against the WBC’s number 1 contender, Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KO). The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds, and will take place at Arena VFG in Jalisco, Mexico, televised by HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT.
Having already beaten Jose Cotto, Lovemore N’Dou, and former lineal welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir, Rhodes presents the toughest test of Alvarez’s young career. In his title winning effort in March, Alvarez took a clear, lopsided unanimous decision victory over welterweight European titlist, Matthew Hatton.
Saturday night will be Rhodes’ 3rd attempt at a world title, having fallen short in his previous 2 attempts as a middleweight. Since moving down to jr. middleweight, Rhodes has won 6 straight, followed by December’s TKO win over Rocky Junior as a middleweight.
— Tim Harrison
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