I want my title back: Rhodes

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Ryan Rhodes has set his sights on European title glory.

The 35-year-old Sheffield boxer was stripped of his European title without fighting and now he’s out to win it back.

Rhodes dominated his fight against Siarhei Khomitski and outpointed the Belarusian 79-74 at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.

He said: “From the first round I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I really enjoyed getting back in the ring and overall I boxed decent. I felt like I wobbled him a few times but I could feel his strength - that’s why I wasn’t hanging about.

“I’m going to get back into training and enjoy Christmas with my family. Then I’ll look to fight for my European title in March or April. There’s life in the old dog yet!”

Another Belarusian, Sergey Rabchenko is on his radar for the vacant belt.

“I never lost the title in the ring. I got stripped of it and I want it back,” he added.

Former Blades player turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse had too much for late replacement Gary McArthur who retired in his corner ahead of the fifth round with a hand injury.

Meanwhile Sheffield’s John Ibbotson meets Preston’s Paul Morris for the vacant cruiserweight British Masters title at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday. Tickets are £35, doors open at 2pm with the first bout at 3pm. For more information contact Mick Wale on 07854554771.