‘I’m not finished yet.’ That was the defiant message from Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes after losing a third world title shot.
The big-hearted boxer vowed to fight on despite suffering a final round stoppage against rising star and WBC light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in Mexico.
He said: “I’ve still got plenty of good years in me yet; I’m still not finished.
“I never lost my European title or gave it up, so I’m still No1 in Europe.
“I could fight for that and see where we go from there.”
Rhodes admitted he had underestimated his 20-year-old opponent’s power and strength but felt he was beaten by a superstar of world boxing in the Arena VFC in Guadalajara.
“He’s a strong young kid.
“His body shots took their toll on me through the fight and he caught me with a couple of good body shots in the final round.”
In his previous World title fights, Rhodes lost on points against Otis Grant in 1997 and against Gary Lockett nine years later for the WBU middleweight titles.