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RYAN Rhodes will have to defy both Saul Alvarez and the altitude to reach the top of the world this weekend - but is confident that neither will prove a problem.

RYAN Rhodes will have to defy both Saul Alvarez and the altitude to reach the top of the world this weekend - but is confident that neither will prove a problem.

Sheffield boxer Rhodes travelled to Guadalajara less than two weeks ago to take on WBC world champion Alvarez, who has lived most of his life at altitude there.

The average human takes over a month to adjust completely to altitude. But 34-year-old Rhodes is not an average human.

“To be fair the altitude hasn’t affected me at all,” he told The Telegraph from his hotel room in Mexico.

“I was super fit back in England and my trainer, Dave Coldwell, was talking to some experts in the know about altitude training and they said if it was going to affect me it would be in the first couple of days.

“But because I’m so fit it’s not been an issue. I was expecting something different.

“But, because I’m super fit - my fitness coach Mark Willie got me in tremendous condition - it’s not affected me one little bit.

“The heat is beautiful, gorgeous and hot out here. I love training in heat. So the altitude and heat has not been an issue.

“The reception I’ve had has been fantastic. But I’ll definitely be coming home with that green belt.”

His opponent Alvarez - nicknamed ‘Canelo’, the Spanish for cinnamon, because of his red hair - is well aware of the threat that veteran Rhodes poses, and has been training at Big Bear, a 7,000 foot mountain in California.

“It took me a while to get my breath up there, but now I feel fantastic,” Alvarez said.

“Rhodes will be hard to beat but I am ready to fulfil my promise to give my home fans the best possible Canelo on the night.”

If Rhodes can upset the odds and defeat 20-year-old Alvarez, it would derail multi-million dollar plans from the world’s richest man, telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim, to arrange a Alvarez-Manny Pacquiao fight in Mexico next year.

“The only fight they will be wanting after Saturday night is a re-match with me,” Rhodes said.