BOXING: ‘Goal machine’ backs pal Rhodes

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Sheffield Wednesday star Gary Madine was one of the first boxing fans to rally behind Ryan Rhodes after his TKO defeat to Belarussian Sergey Rabchenko.

The Sheffield light middleweight was floored by a body shot in the seventh round at Manchester Velodrome, losing out on his attempts to regain the European title.

Notts County v Sheffield Wed.....Owls Gary Madine

Notts County v Sheffield Wed.....Owls Gary Madine

Rhodes is an Owls fan and Madine tweeted to him: “Thought u we’re brilliant last night until the body shot boss, just one of those things mate.”

The Ecclesfield fighter, who says he will carry on boxing at 35, responded: “Thanks Gaz, them body shots...OUCH.”

Of the stoppage, Rhodes described it as “a boom shot, he took all the oxygen out of my body, I don’t care who you are you get caught there it’s over...”

Meanwhile, Ricky Hatton, who promotes Rhodes but was in Rabchenko’s corner as trainer, remains angry at criticism of his dual role.

Ex-world champion Hatton wrote in the match-night programme that Rhodes’ Rotherham-based trainer Dave Coldwell had accused him of working against his own client.

“Since Ryan came on board nobody else could have done a better job and to hear people think I have not worked in Ryan’s best interest has hurt me,” said Hatton.

But others in the boxing community found it an unhealthy situation, too.

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted about: “That awkard moment when you look over and see your opponent is being trained by your own promoter and urged on to win #funnyoldsetup.”

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