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I'll end Rhodes career says Rabchenko.

BELARUSSIAN sensation Sergey Rabchenko is confident of ending Ryan Rhodes' big time boxing career.

The Hatton Promotions stable-mates will meet for the vacant European light-middleweight in Ryan's hometown of Sheffield on Saturday March 24.

Rabchenko, who is currently training with his national amateur team, is unbeaten in 19 fights - with 14 victories inside the distance.

The 25-year-old said: "Ryan is a former European champion and WBC world title challenger so this is a perfect chance for me to show everyone that I am the best light middleweight in Europe and that I am ready to step up to world class level.

"I have been waiting for the European title since last June. I was ready to box Lukas Konecny and I was ready to box Prince Arron for this belt, but the fight's never happened.

"Finally it's Ryan, a great warrior who will not run away and accepts the risk to step up to the ring against me.

"I respect Ryan for this. But this is my message to him, 'You had this title before Ryan... now it's my time!'" The Sky Sports-televised show is already close to a complete sell-out and will also feature Welshman Gary Buckland's British super-featherweight title defence against Middlesbrough's Paul Truscott.

On the undercard at Ponds Forge Arena, local heavyweight Richard Towers will have his first 10-rounder and will also include unbeaten local ticket sellers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins.

Visit www.hattonboxing.com for more information.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2012
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