‘Ryan’s facing end of the Rhodes’

Ryan Rhodes v Siarhei V khomitski
Ryan Rhodes v Siarhei V khomitski

BELARUSSIAN Sergey Rabchenko is confident of ending Ryan Rhodes big time boxing career.

The Hatton Promotions stable-mates will meet for the vacant European light-middleweight title in Ryan’s hometown, on Saturday, March 24 at Ponds Forge Arena.

Rabchenko, who is currently training with his national amateur team, is unbeaten in 19 fights – with 14 victories inside the distance.

The 25-year-old said: “Ryan is a former European champion and WBC world title challenger, so this is a perfect chance for me to show everyone that I’m the best light middleweight in Europe and that I’m ready to step up to world class level.

“I have been waiting for the European title from June 2011.

“I was ready to box Lukas Konecny and I was ready to box Prince Arron for this belt, but the fights never happened. Finally it’s Ryan, a great warrior who will not run away and accepts the risk to step up to the ring against me. I respect Ryan for this but this is my message to him: ‘You had this title before Ryan ... now it’s my time!”

The Sky Sports televised show is already close to a complete sell-out and will also feature Gary Buckland’s British super-featherweight title defence against Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott. On the undercard Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers will have his first 10 rounder and the card will also include unbeaten local ticket sellers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins.

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the remaining tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside.

You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991.