Exclusive: Ryan Rhodes gives stable update, eyes Davies Jr. v Foot winner for Sam O’maison

📸: Patrick Orange

Boxing is making a comeback to the Magna Centre after two years and features some of Ryan Rhodes upcoming talent.

In an exclusive interview with WBN, former champion Rhodes gave an update on his stable.

“Myself and Stefy Bull are doing a big show at the Magna centre in Rotherham on Friday 28th September. We’ve got two central area title fights on the show,” Rhodes exclusively told World Boxing News.

A night of boxing with promising prospects looks set to entertain the crowd of 5,000.

“There’s unbeaten Anthony Tomlinson and unbeaten Jayce Dixon, an all Sheffield derby for the Central Area title.

“Then we got Christian Kinsiona fighting Harry Matthews, a bit of a derby as well. Both just live down the motorway from each other in a Central Area title fight.”

“My lad Razaq Najib fighting in an English title eliminator against Bobby Jenkinson, the former Commonwealth champion from Nottingham.”

Razaq Najib has bounced back after two career defeats and one being an English title attempt. In an effort to challenge for the English title again, he’ll step up his opposition just like others on the card.

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Rhodes continued to name drop those on the card.

“We’ve got three or four other local lads from Sheffield, I’ve got young Ramzy Nassa, who’s unbeaten in nine fights.

“Callum Hancock who’s unbeaten in seven fights having his comeback fight after three years out.

“There’s great, great fights and the tickets have gone fantastic, there’s only a handful of tickets left from the fighters.”

“It’s going to be a great night and we’re going to be bringing boxing back to the Magna Centre where we haven’t had any professional boxing there for two years so we’re bringing it back there.”


A busy night for Rhodes to showcase his fighters, although one who stood out earlier this year is missing.

“I’ve got Sam O’maison fighting the week after on Stefy Bull’s show. Sam was on this fight night but we changed it to the Metrodome show where Stefy Bull has got Josh Wale in an IBF Intercontinental fight.

“A big, big show Stefy Bull is doing at the Metrodome and I’m pleased to get the English champion Sam O’maison a spot on that show just in a six rounder, ticking over and keeping him warm, that’s the next thing for Sam.”

O’maison impressed the domestic scene by demolishing Kevin Hooper inside three rounds in April. Since claiming the English title, no defences have been made or scheduled. Although one looming nearby could play to Rhodes plan.

“He’s got the English title so the next step is the winner of Kay Prospere and Cassius Connor on October 13th in an eliminator for Sam’s English title, so one of them will become mandatory to fight Sam.”

“Fingers crossed we can make that fight as a final eliminator for the British title, Robbie Davies Jr. is fighting Glenn Foot for the British title.”


Robbie Davies Jr. and Glenn Foot go head to head as the Ritson vs. Patera chief support, a big card in Newcastle. Either would be a big step up for O’maison but Rhodes has confidence in his plan to steadily build him with an English title defence coming up first.

Rhodes concluded by saying: “So the winner of whoever wins with Sam facing Cassius Connor or Kay Prospere will become mandatory for the winner of Robbie Davies Jr. and Glenn Foot. Big things are coming and happening for Sam and so he deserves it.”

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller