PROMOTER Dave Coldwell says Ryan Rhodes’ resolve to stay in boxing will be tested at the Magna Centre tomorrow.
The Sheffield light-middleweight, aged 35, faces Belarusian Siarhei Khomitski, in his first fight since defeat to WBC champ Saul Alvarez.
“When Ryan said he wanted to continue, taking his age into consideration, there was no point putting him in with somebody who’d fall over as soon as he hit him,” Coldwell said. I got Khomitski for Jamie Moore and he ended up retiring him. Khomitski will be asking Ryan the same sort of questions. This kid isn’t coming for a pay day, he wants to be European champion and whoever wins will be after that belt.”
“Ryan fell short in his last fight but he’s shown the ability, hunger and desire to re-build and it’s all up to him now. Coming off a defeat, you have got to prove yourself again. Ryan wants to be world champion but he’s got to get Saturday out of the way.”