Ryan Rhodes is back on the title trail, although this time it’s European not World glory he’s after.
The Sheffield fight ace faces Ukranian Siarhei Khomitski in an eight round contest at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on Saturday night as he attempts to qualify for another shot at the European light middleweight title.
Khomitski, like Rhodes, is an experienced campaigner - he finished the career of the Sheffield boxer’s old adversary and friend Jamie Moore last year who later quit after a 37-fight career.
Rhodes knows he’s going to have to be at the top of his game if he’s to keep his Euro mission on track.
“He’s a tough, tough fella. I saw his last fight over here against Jamie who retired in round six and he also drew with a guy who had won 21 out of 21 fights, so I’m expecting a very tough, hard fight.
“Even so, I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just excited to be getting back in the ring after my last World title fight.
“This is about shaking the cobwebs off after Mexico and having another go for the European title in March or april.
“There’s no real pressure on me. The fight’s in Rotherham and I know that the home crowd is going to be out in full force so I’m looking forward to showing them all what I’ve still got.
“Training’s been good. I’ve been spending a lot of time sparring and my trainer Dave Caldwell and conditioner Mark Willie have been putting me through my paces so I can’t wait to get going.”
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