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Rhodes stops Moore in seven

23
Oct

Former prospect Ryan Rhodes jump-started his career by stopping RING-ranked contender Jamie Moore in the seventh round of a rousing battle of British junior middleweight standouts in Lancashire, England on Friday.

Rhodes, a versatile southpaw from Sheffield who began his career with much fanfare, dropped the Lancashire native and crowd favorite with a right hook at the start of the seventh round. Moore, a gutsy southpaw who was riding a 12-bout win streak into Friday's fight, got up and engaged in toe-to-toe exchanges until he punched himself out and had to be rescued by the referee at 2:35 of the round.

Prior to the stoppage, Moore's relentless pressure and infighting appeared to be getting the better of Rhodes in the middle rounds of the bout.

However, Rhodes, who has fought most of his career at middleweight, where he came up short in all of his step-up bouts, exhibited a new-found resilience and composure in weathering the storm.



The scheduled 12-round bout was a title eliminator, which could earn Rhodes a shot at the 154-pound belt currently held by Sergio Martinez.

That's a bitter pill to swallow for Moore (32-4, 23 KOs), who was THE RING's No. 8-ranked junior middleweight going into Friday's fight and hadn't lost a fight in five years.

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