Hatton backs Rhodes to win world fight

Ryan Rhodes
Ryan Rhodes

RYAN Rhodes is to challenge for a world title next month.

The classy Sheffield boxer will face Saul Alvarez for the WBC light-middleweight championship in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, June 18.

Hotshot Alvarez is unbeaten in 37 fights but Hatton Promotions President, Ricky Hatton is expecting Rhodes to score a stunning upset at the VFG Arena.

He said: “I expect that Ryan, who is a natural light-middleweight, will come through and become Hatton Promotions’ first World Champion.”

Rhodes, 34, has been a professional for over 15 years and in that time he has won British and European light-middleweight titles. When he took the domestic crown, back in December 1996 with an eighth round stoppage of former WBO champion Paul Jones, he had just celebrated his 20th birthday and is still the youngest ever British champion.

In October 2009 he was involved in a sensational battle against Jamie Moore, winning by a seventh round TKO to become European champion.

Rhodes boasts an impressive 45-4 record, but has never lost at light-middleweight. All four defeats came when he stepped up to the middleweight division.

He is currently on a 10 fight winning streak – eight of them coming inside the distance.