BREAKING: Sheffield boxer Ryan Rhodes announces retirement - VIDEO

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HARD man Ryan Rhodes shed a tear this afternoon as he hung up his gloves and retired from boxing in his home city of Sheffield, writes Graham Walker.

The 35-year-old southpaw, beaten by Sergey Rabchenko in an unsuccessful attempt to reclaim the European light-middleweight title, confirmed he was bowing out of the game at an emotional press conference at Napoleons casino and restaurant in Hillsborough.

Retiring: An emotional Ryan Rhodes bows out of boxing with an announcement at Napoleons in Owlerton, Sheffield.

Retiring: An emotional Ryan Rhodes bows out of boxing with an announcement at Napoleons in Owlerton, Sheffield.

Rhodes, whose record reads 46 victories, 31 by knockout, and six defeats, lost two of last three bouts. It was just over a year ago he was stopped by Mexican Saul Alvarez in Guadalajara in the 12th round of their WBC world title showdown. Rhodes, a two-time British title holder, was beaten three times on the world stage.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch digital editor Graham Walker’s exclusive chat with Ryan Rhodes - talking about his career, fans and the future.

He said: “I am going to retire. It is the right time to bow out of boxing.

“I have had a fantastic career. I have won everything apart from a world title.

“It is a massive decision because boxing is all I have done for nearly 30 years. It is all I have ever known.

“I want to thanks all my family, friends and especially the fans who have been so good to me over the years. I intend to stay involved in boxing and perhaps help somebody else to win the world title I always wanted. Watch this space.”

* See The Star tomorrow for a report - plus more video on line, including the thoughts of his trainer David Coldwell.