Sheffield’s retired Ryan Rhodes looks to future

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FORMER British and European champion Ryan Rhodes is ready to pass on his expertise to Sheffield’s young, up-and-coming boxers.

The light-middleweight called time on his 52-fight career on Tuesday but feels he has still got a lot to offer and is aiming to stay in the sport in some capacity.

Rhodes, who lost three world title fights, told The Star: “If I can pass on my knowledge to any of the younger generation then I will do. I have had my time so I’d like to give something back. I am massively experienced and I have so much knowledge I want to pass on.

“There are so many good fighters in Sheffield including Kell Brook, Kid Galahad, Scott Jenkins, Richard Towers and Adam Etches and if I can help them out then that would be brilliant.”

Aged 35, Rhodes is in no rush to make a decision on his next career path.

“I’ve got a few options at the moment but it’s early days and I’m going to take some time to think things over,” said the two-time British title holder. “There are a lot of politics in boxing but I’d love to be in the corner with fighters, passing on what I’ve learned over my career.”

Rhodes became the youngest post-war holder of the British title when he defeated Paul Jones in 1996, aged 20. His final record reads 46 wins and six defeats.