An emotional Ryan Rhodes has announced his retirement from the
At a press dinner in his home city of Sheffield, the 35-year-old
southpaw said he felt the time was right to hang up his gloves
despite most boxing experts still believing that he's got a lot
left to give.
Rhodes lost to Sergey Rabchenko in June and feels that the climb
to world title level again will be too arduous, while a drop down
to domestic level doesn't interest him.
"Three months has passed since my last fight, and I've had a
very good break to think over things," he said.
"As things stand it would be a case of going back to British
title level. It's something I've won twice already, I own the
Lonsdale belt outright, so I have to decide whether I can get up
for another British title fight.
"Even if I won it, it would take a year, 18 months to get back
to European title level, and who's to say after that I would get a
world title fight, a world title win - my absolute dream.
"I'd be 38 by then. I always wanted it to be my decision whether
I retire or not, and as things stand that's what I'm doing. It's
the right time to bow out of boxing."
Rhodes was something of a sensation when he burst onto the scene
in the mid-1990s.
Then nicknamed "The Spice Boy", he took the light-middleweight
division by storm, becoming the youngest post-war winner of the
A pair of world title shots at middleweight failed to go his way
and by the middle of the last decade he was largely written off by
the boxing fraternity.
However, a move to Dave Coldwell's stable in Rotherham gave him
a new lease of life and in 2008 he regained the British crown he'd
last held 11 years earlier.
The highlight of career came in 2009 when against the odds he
stopped Salford's Jamie Moore in a fight of the year contender to
take the European strap.