Rhodes: I’m going to knock Alvarez out
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KO’s) has little chance of winning this Saturday night against the WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KO’s) at the Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico. I’m giving Rhodes no chance of winning because he can’t win a decision because he’s not a real aggressive fighter and he’s fighting Alvarez in his home country of Mexico.
Rhodes doesn’t have huge power and he would need that in order to stop Alvarez. But that’s not keeping Rhodes from thinking he’s going to knock Alvarez out. Rhodes is supremely confident about his chances on Saturday.
“I can punch with either hand,” Rhodes said to the thestar.co.uk. “But I’m looking to knock him out…I’m 100% focused on winning.”
It’s kind of sad for Rhodes because he sounds so confident and it’s going to tough for him when Alvarez bursts his bubble and shows how good he is by knocking Rhodes out. I think Rhodes is a good little domestic and European level fighter, but he’s facing world class in this fight and it’s not possible for him to win. But Rhodes in with a local lad and he’ll win 365 days a year, but then put him in with a world class fighter like Alvarez, Alfredo Angulo or Sergiy Dzinziruk, and you’ll see Rhodes get spanked something fierce.
I don’t blame him for wanting to knock Alvarez out, because he’s got to try and get Alvarez out as quickly as possible because if Alvarez is allowed to tag him for more than four rounds with his big power shots, Rhodes will be in a world of hurt. There’s a point of no return once Alvarez is allowed to pound on one of his opponents for more than four rounds. By the 4th round, his opponents have taken so much punishment that they couldn’t win even if they wanted to at that point. Rhodes will likely be punch drunk by the 4th and in no way capable of mounting any kind of offensive assault to get a win. Since he’s not winning by decision and can’t score a knockout, there is really only one option for Rhodes and that’s to lose and lose badly.
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