Rhodes pulls out of Small title defence

13.03.09 - By Mark Pickering: British light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes has withdrawn from his eagerly awaited March 28th title defence against Anthony Small after picking up a cold. The bout was due to be the co-main event at Hayemaker Promotions’ ‘Mersey Beatdown’ bill at the Liverpool Arena. And the challenger, Anthony Small, had some choice words for the stricken Rhodes..

“Rhodes has pulled out 2 weeks before the fight because he has a cold – a cold bless him.”

“He did not want to fight me. He is a coward. A punk with no heart. He knows what would have happened if he got in the ring.. lights out.”

Sheffield southpaw Rhodes was due to make the second defence of his British title after picking up a decision victory over Jamie Coyle in September.

Rhodes postpones clash with Small

Hayemaker Boxing regret to inform that the British light-middleweight title clash between Ryan Rhodes and Anthony Small, scheduled for March 28 in Liverpool, has been cancelled.

Current champion Rhodes was struck with the onset of a heavy cold at the beginning of this week and it has since curtailed his preparation and developed into a full-on infection.

Both Rhodes and Small were claiming to be in the best shape of their respective careers before an unfortunate bug kayoed Rhodes at the 11th hour. Champion and challenger will now look to resume hostilities at a later date.

Hayemaker Boxing hope to re-arrange the intriguing duel between Rhodes and Small in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the HAYEMAKER 6 show from the Echo Arena will go ahead as planned, with the all-Liverpool British title showdown between Tony Dodson and Tony Quigley as headliner.

Supporting Dodson-Quigley will be a lightweight eliminator battle between John Watson and Martin Gethin, a super-featherweight contest between Derry Mathews and Harry Ramogoadi, plus the pro debut of Olympic bronze medallist David Price.

*** To purchase tickets to HAYEMAKER 6: ‘The Mersey Beatdown’ visit or call 0844 8000 400.

*** HAYEMAKER 6: ‘The Mersey Beatdown’ will be screened live and exclusively by Setanta Sports.

Article posted on 13.03.2009

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