Sheffield’s defeated Rhodes to take a break from boxing

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RYAN RHODES will consider his boxing future during a break from the sport.

The Sheffield veteran aged 35, came up short against Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko in his bid to reclaim the European light-middleweight title last weekend.

A shot to the solar plexus from Rabchenko in the seventh badly hurt Rhodes, who bravely made the count only for the fight to be waved off.

Rhodes, who debuted in 1995 and went on to become the quickest ever winner of a Lonsdale belt (90 days), will make a decision on whether he wants to add to his 52 fight tally after a holiday.

He has the backing of trainer Dave Coldwell should he decide to carry on.

“Everyone who saw the fight can see that he’s not shot yet,” said Coldwell.

“Any other person would’ve gone down from the shot that Ryan hit him with early on and the punch that beat him was perfectly placed.”

Heavyweight Richard Towers picked up his first professional title against Frenchman Gregory Tony. Towers was in deep trouble in the fifth round but the big man rallied back to force Tony into quitting in the ninth and picked up the EBU title.