Ryan Rhodes stopped by Saul Alvarez in WBC title fight

Ryan Rhodes (left)
Rhodes (left) was well beaten in Mexico

England's Ryan Rhodes was stopped in the 12th round of his WBC light-middleweight title fight against holder Saul Alvarez in Guadalajara.

The 34-year-old Yorkshireman was the heavy underdog going into the bout and was unable to cope with the unbeaten Mexican, 14 years his junior.

Rhodes was floored in the fourth round of a one-sided contest.

Trainer Dave Coldwell threw in the towel just as the referee ended the bout after a combination from Alvarez.