Harry Pratt

Rhodes injury postpones Europoean title clash with Rabchenko

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.

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