SHEFFIELD boxer Ryan Rhodes’ injury postponed European light-middleweight showdown with Sergey Rabchenko is back on - now at Manchester Velodrome, on June 16, writes Graham Walker.
The Ricky Hatton promoted fight was scheduled to have taken place in front off Rhodes’ home crowd at Ponds Forge last week.
A reocurring back injury forced the 35-year-old to pull out.
Rabchenko, aged 26, vented his frustrations over the delay by smashing German replacement Ronny Gabel to defeat with a body-shot, in a non-title eight-rounder, in just 21 seconds – whilst Rhodes watched from ringside
The undefeated Belarusian, who now has a 20-0 record, earlier exchanged friendly banter with the Sheffield fighter when they posed for press photographers during the weigh-ins.
But it will turn to all-out-war when they appear on the bill which will see Scott Quigg put his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Rendall Munroe for the interim WBA super-bantamweight title in June.
The main event promises to be the biggest domestic fight of the year.
Quigg, the current British champion after beating stalwarts Jason Booth and Jamie Arthur last year, is one of the nation’s most promising prospects. Munroe, the former Commonwealth and European champion, was brave in defeat against WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo in 2010.
The pair have been on collision course since Munroe joined Hatton Promotions.