Rhodes is back in the European title mix after fine Magna victory

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RYAN RHODES has been assured he will get his chance to reclaim his European title in the New Year.

“I have now been confirmed as the number one contender for the vacant title and I’ll fight Sergey Rabchenko in March or April,” said the Sheffield light middleweight. “If we had good support bout, maybe Sheffield Arena would be an option, if not, probably Ponds Forge would be the best choice.

“It is great to be back in with a shout for the European belt and of course I have not written off hope at a crack at another world title,” he said.

Rhodes outpointed Siarheo Khomitski at Magna Centre last weekend, a victory which brought an unwelcome hand injury with it.

“I felt a knuckle on my left hand go in about round two against Khomitski,” said Rhodes. “The guy had a really hard head. I had the hand x-rayed. There was no break, it is just swollen, so I’ll be ready to go again soon.”

Rabchenko, at 25, is a decade younger than Rhodes, who will be campaigning in his 52nd bout.

Rhodes admitted he is not particularly careful with his diet in between bouts. “I don’t go up by silly amounts in weight, I love my food and like eating well, all different sorts. But a good run will get rid of it the following day!”

Glyn Rhodes promotes a show at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium tomorrow.

There will be a six two-minute round clash between light heavy Daniel Slaney (Doncaster schoolteacher) and Matt Inman.

Unbeaten Hungarian super feather Adrian Fuzesi (wants to be a teacher) also takes on Chuck Jones and Barnsley’s lightweight Ben Wager battles Russell Pearce.

Wayne Reed, from Parson Cross, takes on Elvis Dube.