Ryan Rhodes

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Ryan Rhodes
Nickname(s) Spice Boy
Rated at Light-middleweight
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1976-11-20) 20 November 1976 (age 39)
South Yorkshire,
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 46
Wins by KO 31
Losses 6

Ryan Rhodes (born 20 November 1976) is a British former professional boxer who fought at light-middleweight. He held the European title, the British title twice, and challenged once for a world title.

Professional career[edit]

Rhodes took up boxing at a young age, training at Brendan Ingle's gym in the Wincobank district of Sheffield. At the age of 20, 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 Canelo 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), 6 Losses, 0 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 46-6 Belarus Sergey Rabchenko TKO 7 (12) 2012-06-16 England Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom EBU vacant (European) super welterweight title on the line.
Win 46-5 Ukraine Sergey Khomitsky PTS 8 (8) 2011-11-26 England Magna Centre, Rotherham, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Loss 45-5 Mexico Canelo Álvarez TKO 12 (12) 2011-06-18 Mexico Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco WBC light middleweight title on the line.

Titles in boxing[edit]

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


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