Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes poised to keep fighting

editorial image

RYAN Rhodes is to meet his promoter, Ricky Hatton, to discuss his next career move - but the chances are high that the 35-year-old veteran will continue to box.

The Sheffield 52-fight light-middleweight has suffered two massive disappointments in the last year, losing at world and then, earlier this month, European level.

It has prompted some pundits to call for his retirement.

Ex-world champion Johnny Nelson has sugested Rhodes has a “hard decision” to make and lamented the fact that a younger Rhodes, in his hey-day, would have beaten Sergey Rabchenko to the Euro title.

Title-hunting Kell Brook wants to see Rhodes have one last hurrah.

Rhodes said: “After the Rabchenko fight, Ricky said it had been a 50-50 fight until the body shot that would have got to anybody.

“Richard Poxon (match-maker) was even talking about a re-match. I am not going to race into a rash decision.

“I will be taking a break for a few weeks, recharge the batteries and make my mind up.”

Rhodes said one option was to campaign at British level: “I’m still number one in Britain so maybe that’s something I’ll be looking at.”