RYAN RHODES has a boxing score to settle for an old pal.
On November 26, he fights 37-year-old Ukranian Siarhei Khomitski at Rotherham’s Magna Centre an eight rounder as the Sheffielder attempts to qualify for another shot at the European light middleweight title.
Khomitski finished the career of Rhodes’s old adversary and friend Jamie Moore last year. The Salford southpaw didn’t get off his stool at the start of the seventh –and later called it a day after 37-fight career.
Rhodes, who beat Moore in a European title clash the year before, was sorry to see his chum hang up the gloves. He said: ”Jamie is a friend of mine so I’m going to get my own back.”
Rhodes isn’t expecting an easy ride though. “He’s a tough fella, he gives it a go and I’m expecting a tough fight, but it’s one I’m looking forward to.
“This is about shaking the cobwebs off after Mexico. Then I can have another go for the European title in March or April.””
Rhodes was stopped by Mexican WBC champion Saul Alvarez in a punishing defeat in June. But the Sheffielder says: “There was no psychological damage done there. I know I was beaten by a future great fighter. In the next 18 months his name is going to be up there with likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather - the big guns. I am a great fighter as well, but I don’t mind admitting when I have been beaten by a better person.”
Rhodes said sparring and training was going well.
“Mark Willie is doing my conditioning side, and I’m feeling great. I have been beaten before and come back and done well. I expect myself to do it again, this time against the Ukrainian.”
Rhodes hopes that an eventual European title might put him in the frame for another pop at world level.
“You never know, when you become best in Europe, you have one or two defences, then one of the world title people may think, he’s the best in Europe let’s get him over for a world title fight. This game is full of twists and turns and roller coaster rides. And I’m still enjoying the roller coaster.”