It was just over three months ago that Saul Alvarez, 36-0, 26 KO’s, won the vacant WBC light middleweight title with a comprehensive points win over the willing but limited Matthew Hatton. He steps into the ring this weekend looking to make his first title defense a big one, just weeks shy of official adulthood. Similar to his last ring assignment he’ll find himself facing another Englishman, this time the popular if limited Ryan Rhodes, 45-4, 31 KO’s, a Sheffield journeyman looking to buck the script. RSR’s elite team of writers, interviewers and pugilistic prognosticators provide you with their expert opinions on the outcome.
“Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Saul Alvarez is too much for Ryan Rhodes and will stop him via TKO in round 5
Gina L. Caliboso
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is not a typical Mexican fighter. He’s built like a middleweight. I predict that he may have a slow start, but once he settles in with his power base, he defeats his opponent with KO punching. At 34, Ryan Rhodes may have taken on more than he could handle. With youth and power, I predict that Alvarez will win in an 8th round TKO
Saul Alvarez by early knockout…5-7 rounds. He is too strong and will impose his power. It’s a showcase fight and he will look great. Alvarez by KO by the 7th round.
With 36 bouts under his belt it’s hard to believe that ‘Cinnamon’ is only 20 years-old, but they are working diligently to build him into a big name attraction and without a doubt they are carefully putting the correct opposition into the ring with him. In that regard Ryan Rhodes, a diligent southpaw journeyman fits the bill nicely. Aging and desperate for this opportunity, quite possibly his last chance, the Sheffield native will give it his all but will come up short sometime after the first 3rd of the bout is in the books. Expect youth….and talent to be served, and for ‘Canelo’ to be an attractive 37-0 for his 21st birthday. Saul Alvarez via 6th round TKO.
I will go with the cute one by TKO in 2 rounds. Knock’em out Saul!
Let me tell you about this match brother. This reminds me of the barbwire match I had with Sgt. Controversial back in 1983 man. I slammed him to the mat and then did my diving mask bomb and it was over quickly. Look for Alvarez to win by KO easy man.
I don’t know about this one. I was once an underdog against Gorilla Monsoon and pulled the upset win, so I don’t count out Rhodes. He may have an apple turnover in him somewhere. Rhodes by Split Decision.