Sheffield Rhodes aiming to avoid Woodhouse knockout blow

WHILST Curtis Woodhouse is mourning defeat, Ryan Rhodes is trying his best to ensure that he doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

Woodhouse, aged 32, got embroiled in a straight shootout with heavy-hitting Dale Miles from Alfreton and paid the price. A swift one-two left him on the canvas and with a desperate sense to re-build.

“It’s a massive disappointment because I was winning the fight,” said light-welterweight Woodhouse.

“The dream’s not over and I’ll keep trying. Dale says he’ll give me a re-match if he becomes British champion and I’ve no reason to believe that he’s not a man of his word.”

Woodhouse will now turn his attentions to recruting new players for his first season in charge of Sheffield FC.

There’s no doubting that Rhodes, aged 35, also faces a concussive puncher in Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko.

Rabchenko, who is based in Manchester with promoter Ricky Hatton, hasn’t hung around as a professional.

He’s racked up twenty straight wins, with fifteen of them coming early.

Rhodes, though, has been preparing vigorously and wants back his European title light-middleweight title, which is at stake against Rabchenko.

“I had my last sparring session on Friday. This week has just been about recharging the batteries, staying focused and staying sharp,” he said.

“I still feel fresh. The defeat to Saul Alvarez was a one off because he’s such a special fighter and you can’t read anything into that.

“There’s plenty left in the tank and I’m going to show that.”

Heavyweight Richard Towers also faces tough opposition at the Manchester Velodrome, he’s in with Frenchman Gregory Tony for the vacant EBU title.

It’s a clear step up in class for the Ingle-trained big man.

Tony, from Saint-Raphael on the South East coast, has only lost twice in a 19 fight career and those losses were to Finn Robert Helenius, who has a win over Dereck Chisora and to Irish-based Cuban Mike Perez in Prizefighter, which Perez won.

Middleweight Adam Etches from Birley and Intake lightweight Scott Jenkins also feature.