Sheffield boxing: Ryan on the road to being top coach

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Ryan Rhodes may be a rookie coach - but he is going to become a successful one, predicts one of his training “students.”

Rhodes was a world title contender and a credit to the sport during a 52-fight career which stretched from 1995 to last year.

Ryan Rhodes

Ryan Rhodes

Now he has started coaching and will be in Curtis Woodhouses’ corner at iceSheffield tonight.

Ross Burkinshaw, who is also trained by the former European champion, said: “He was an excellent fighter and as a trainer, he is amazing.

“The knowledge he is passing on to me and Curtis and now Dave Fidler is extremely good. It is a transition (from fighter to coach) but Ryan seems to have done it really well. We are all working on different things but I know Curtis has been working on moving and doing everything off his jab for this fight and everything is going well for Curtis” Burkinshaw said on video at

Former Sheffield United footballer Woodhouse boxes Arek Malek on a Dave Coldwell bill, ahead of his British light welterweight title challenge against Darren Hamilton on February 22.