Friday, August 28, 2009

Winner takes all in Rhodes vs Moore

THE all Brit clash will take place on Friday 23rd October when Jamie Moore defends his European light-middleweight title against Ryan Rhodes. Promoter Frank Maloney has also applied for the fight to be given eliminator status by the WBC which means the winner could become mandatory contender for Sergio Martinez's crown. The venue for this cracking punch up is yet to be confirmed by Maloney, but he expects it to take place in Manchester or Wigan.Maloney said: "The fight is a natural with so, so much at stake. "The winner will almost certainly get a world title fight next year, while the loser will find it hard to come back. "I think Moore will win and go on to beat Martinez, but Rhodes is dangerous particularly early onand Jamie faces a tough night." Moore (32-3) is a former two time British champion and won the European title earlier this year by blasting out ex-world champion Michele Piccirillo inside three rounds. In the Salford southpaw's first defence he hammered one time Russian amateur star Roman Dzuman and is back on track after a bout of swine flu postponed a defence in July. Moore, 30, will start favourite but knows that his Sheffield challenger will give him the hardest night of his career. Rhodes, 32, first became British champion at the age of 20 in December 1996, but lost his way after losing a WBO middleweight title fight against Otis Grant a year later. The southpaw (42-4) had rediscovered his best form recently and is on a seven-fight winning streak regaining the British title and winning the WBC international belt - belts he subsequently relinquished.

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