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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