MEXICAN boxing superstar Saul Alvarez could end up hurting himself just landing punches on Sheffield’s own ‘man of steel’ Ryan Rhodes, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
He’s so honed, toned and buffed that he’s as tough as teak.
And the man who knows is his chiropractor - who admits working on Rhodes can actually leave his fingers feeling sore.
“It’s really hard work,’’ said Dr Brendon Robertson, at his Back To Your Best chiropractic clinic in Meadowhead. “Fully conditioned athletes are always harder to deal with. It’s definitely hard work.”
Dr Robertson is part of the back room team responsible for getting 34-year-old Rhodes fit for his toughest ever challenge - to take the WBC light-middleweight title this weekend from Alvarez, aged 20, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He explained: “Ryan comes in to get his body into optimum condition for the fight. If anything is tired from the training, a little bit irritated, we get the joints and muscles working the way they should - the nerves fire better and you get a better response from the muscle.
“Control, speed, everything works as it is supposed to. I’m proud to have helped to get Ryan into this shape and we’ll be cheering him on to become world champ.
Ryan added: “Brendon is an important part of helping me to become world champion.
“It’s no secret that I have had back problems. Brendon gives me that confidence and mobility. My reflexes are so much better and I’m more relaxed.
“It’s a combination of this and my boxing and gym work.
“My trainer David Coldwell and my conditioner Mark Willie that’s put me in the best shape of my life.”
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