23rd January 2012

Former European light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes has told Hatton TV that he won’t let Sergey Rabchencko stop him from winning back his title on March 24th. Thats when they meet in Sheffield for the vacant title on a Hatton Promotions show. 
Both boxers are Hatton Promotions
stable-mates will contest the vacant European light-middleweight
in Ryan’s hometown, at Ponds Forge
Arena.

My style, my ability and my confidence will be the telling factor in the fight.”
– Ryan Rhodes

After going over to Mexico to challenge Saul Alvarez for the world title in June last year, Rhodes, 35,  is relishing the chance to win back his European belt, that he never lost in the ring, and is confident he will have too much experience for the unbeaten Rabchencko.
“I never lost my European title in the ring, I got stripped of the title due to an illness. The European title means alot and I just cant wait to get back in there.” said Rhodes.

“I got my shot for the World title, and now I’m going in for my European title.

“His record speaks for itself, he has won 19 out of 19 and I think he’s knocked 14 of them out.

“He looks awkward, he looks strong, but it’s one fight I’m very very confident in going into.”

“Its all about levels this game and fighting me is going to be another level completely, I feel I’m sharp I’m fast, I’m strong I’m powerful and I think when he gets in the ring with me, its going to be a different level for him.

Belarusian Rabchenko, who
is currently training with his national amateur team, is unbeaten
in 19 fights – with 14 victories inside the distance, is also confident of pulling off a victory.
I respect Ryan for this.
 But this is my message to him, ‘You had this title
before Ryan, now it’s my time.”
– Sergey Rabchencko

Rabchenko, 25, said: “Ryan
is a former European champion and  WBC world title challenger,
so this is a perfect chance for me to show everyone that
I am the best light middleweight in Europe and that I am
ready  to step up to world class level.
 
“I have
been waiting for the European title from June 2011.  I
was ready to box Lukas Konecny and I was ready to box Prince
Arron for this belt, but the fights never happened.
 
“Finally it’s Ryan, a great
warrior who will not run away and accepts the risk to step up to
the ring against me.
 
“I respect Ryan for this.
 But this is my message to him, ‘You had this title
before Ryan… now it’s my time!”
 
“I would like to thank all
my team and especially Hatton Promotions who have worked very
hard so that this fight will happen. I will not disappoint
them.”
 
The Sky Sports televised
show is already close to a complete sell-out and will also feature
Gary Buckland’s British super-featherweight title defence against
Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott.
 

On the undercard Sheffield
heavyweight Richard Towers will have his first ten rounder and the card will also include unbeaten local ticket sellers Adam Etches
and Scott Jenkins.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and
the remaining tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55
floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by
calling
01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500,
Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online
 

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