Ryan Rhodes

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Ryan Rhodes
Real name Ryan Rhodes
Nickname(s) Spice Boy
Rated at Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality United Kingdom English
Born (1976-11-20) 20 November 1976 (age 37)
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 46
Wins by KO 31
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 0

Ryan Rhodes (born 20 November 1976) is an English former light middleweight boxer. Rhodes took up boxing at a young age, training at Brendan Ingle's gym in the Wincobank district of Sheffield.

Professional career[edit]

Aged 20 years, he defeated another Sheffield boxer Paul "Silky" Jones with a technical knock out in the eighth round to become the youngest post-war holder of the British title. He went on to win the belt outright in a record time of 90 days with wins over Peter Waudby and Del Bryan.[1]

On 13 December 1997, Rhodes stepped up a weight division to middleweight to challenge the American Otis Grant for the vacant WBO title but was defeated by a unanimous decision.

On 18 April 2008, Rhodes knocked out Gary Woolcombe 37 seconds into the 9th round to regain the British light middleweight title, 11 years after he first won it. He defended his title for the first time as the main event on the Hayemaker Promotions boxing show in Sheffield. His opponent was Jamie Coyle, whom he defeated by a unanimous decision.[2]

Since then he has defeated Vincent Vuma of South Africa to win the WBC International light middleweight title and in doing so obtained a ranking in the top ten in the world.[3]

Rhodes was due to defend his British light middleweight title against the Londoner Anthony Small at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 28 March 2008, but withdrew because of an illness during his training camp.

He defeated Jamie Moore in the seventh round of their European title fight on 23 October 2009. He defended the title again on 21 May 2010 at home against the Italian Luca Messi, with a technical knock out in the sixth round.

Rhodes lost his WBC light middleweight challenge bout against Saúl Álvarez with a technical knockout in the twelfth round on 18 June 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.[4]

Rhodes announced his retirement from professional boxing on 4 September 2012.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

46 Wins (31 knockouts, 14 decisions), 5 Losses, 0 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 45-5 MexicoSaúl Álvarez TKO 12 (12) 2011-06-18 Mexico Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco WBC light middleweight title on the line.


Title last held by
Adrian Dodson
WBO Inter-Continental Light Middleweight Champion
July 18, 1998 - November 28, 1998
Succeeded by
Anthony Farnell
Preceded by
Lorent Szabo
WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion
November 28, 1998 - July 17, 1999
Lost bid for interim world title
Succeeded by
Andras Galfi


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