Sheffield show will restore faith in boxing

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PROMOTER Ricky Hatton believes his bumper bill in Sheffield next month will give British boxing a boost.

‘The Hitman’ stages what will be a sell-out night at Ponds Forge on Saturday March 24.

British boxing made headlines for the wrong reasons at the weekend when David Haye and Dereck Chisora brawled at a press conference.

Hatton said: “What happened in Munich wasn’t right, but there are thousands of shows every year and incidents like that are rare.

“Hatton Promotions Sheffield card next month will be fantastic. Fans at the arena and watching on TV will only have good things to say about British boxing afterwards.”

In top of the bill 12 rounder Ecclesfield hero Ryan Rhodes faces Belarussian sensation Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight crown.

Gary Buckland will make his first British super-featherweight title defence against Paul Truscott.

Undefeated Steel City ticket sellers Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins and Richard Towers will be among the prospects in action.

Hatton added: “Ryan against Sergey is a battle between two of the world’s best light-middleweights and Gary’s fight will be a barnstormer.

“Either fight would be good enough to stand alone on a card. To have both on the same show is a right treat.

“They are going to be breath-taking fights where the action will be non-stop.

“Sheffield is a boxing boom city at the moment and every time we promote there it is sold out.”