The showdown between Ryan Rhodes and Sergey Rabchenko for the European junior middleweight title, March 24, is off after the Englishman suffered a back injury in training.
Hatton Promotions hopes to re-schedule the clash between its two fighters in May or June and confirmed that undefeated Belarusian Rabchenko (19-0, 14 knockouts) will still feature later this month at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorks., in an eight-round contest against an opponent to be determined.
“I have been told that Rhodes has a damaged back so what can I do about it? I just hope that when Hatton Promotions make the fight at a later date, he doesn’t run away, ” said 26-year-old prospect Rabchenko. “If Rhodes pulls out for a second time then it will be because he knows that I will beat him. This time I forgive him – just about.
“For now I have to forget about this disappointment and make sure I impress the Sheffield fans. I plan on showing them that I would beat Rhodes even in his home city.”
The injury to Rhodes (46-5, 31 KOs) puts his latest comeback on hold. The Sheffield fighter, 35, secured a points decision over Ukrainian Siarhei Khomitski in November, his first outing since being stopped in the 12th by WBC titleholder Saul Alvarez five months earlier.