Ryan Rhodes is the new Light Middleweight Champion of Europe, when tonight at the Bolton Arena he sensationally stopped Jamie Moore in the 7th round of a fight that could well be British fight of the year.

Rhodes had already dropped Moore early in the round with a solid right hook bang on Moores jaw, Moore took a 8 count.

Moore then came back into the fight and wobbled Rhodes, then just as Moore looked like he had cleared his head and steadied his legs, he dropped his guard and Rhodes shot a straight right hand that knocked Moore back to the ropes.

With his legs gone, Rhodes pounced, as Moore wilted on the ropes, from the Sheffield mans hard hooks. Rhodes shown a life times experience, all come together, and finished Moore like a seasoned pro, as the referee jumped in at just the right time to save Jamie Moore from any more punishment.

Jamie Moore was almost guaranteed a WBC World title fight if he had won this, so where does that leave Rhodes? After this performance and the way he as turned his career around he certainly deserves to have a chance to reach the dream of every boxer and become world champion.

Rhodes had to take some very hard punches from Moore and shipped heavy punishment throughout the early rounds, and shown a steel jaw in doing so.

Midway through Rhodes began to take the front foot and Moore began to feel his punches as they landed more often on the head of this hard Salford warrior. It would take some one and something special to beat Moore and take away his prized belt, and status, and Rhodes was about to produce just that.

Ryan Rhodes said afterwards, “it had not sunk in yet” that he had won, and Jamie Moore was dignified, honest and brutally straight, said that “The best man won” typical from the boxers boxer who entered the ring to the Salford song “Dirty old town” written about the working class industrial City of Salford on the outskirts of Manchester, a place where boxers are bred hard and tough, but tonight just wasn’t his night, and although it is suggested that Moore is having trouble at the weight, he didn’t want to make any excuses.

Ryan Rhodes finally came of age in professional boxing tonight and after an on off roller coaster career, tonight shown that his career path were teaching him and leading him to this night of destiny, and the likeable lad from the Steel City of Sheffield, shown his steel in this Yorkshire v Lancashire, war of the roses.

On the undercard, former European champion Ian Napa won the British bantamweight title from Gary Davies with a majority decision.

And Mongolian native Shinny Bayaar claimed the British flyweight title – months after securing his passport – with an hard fought split-decision win over game defending champion Chris Edwards.

Liverpools, 2008 Olympic super-heavyweight bronze medallist David Price won his third professional fight with a four-round points victory over Bulgarian Yavor Marinchev.

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