Former world champ Ingle sees signs of promise in prospect Rhodes

George Rhodes v Frank Greaves - George Rhodes is the winner - Photo By James Williamson
George Rhodes v Frank Greaves - George Rhodes is the winner - Photo By James Williamson
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Scarborough’s former British, European, Commonwealth, IBF and IBO world feeatherweight champion was a keen observer as George Rhodes Jnr made his professional debut at the Barnsley Metrodome last week.

Ingle, along with Scarborough Amateur Boxing Club coach John Brownlee, was impressed as Rhodes eased to a 40-36 points win on referee Howard Foster’s scorecard against wily veteran Frank Greaves.

Former IBF and IBO world champ Paul Ingle with Scarborough ABC coach John Brownlee

Former IBF and IBO world champ Paul Ingle with Scarborough ABC coach John Brownlee

Ingle told The Scarborough News: “It was a good solid performance from George.

“It was a learning experience for him and I’m sure he will have things to work on going forward in the gym.

“He has a very good and accurate jab and when he stuck to his boxing he looked very sharp, obviously emotions run high on your pro debut and he was keen for a knockout.”

Ingle is predicting a bright future for pro boxing in Scarborough with news that bantamweight Ross Downie has joined Rhodes and Shaun Ireland in the professional ranks.

He added: “It’s looking good for boxing in Scarborough going forward now.

“Hopefully we can see them box in Scarborough in the near future too.”

Ireland, Rhodes’ stablemate at Westway, was also impressed with the debutant’s performance.

He said: “I’m really happy for George, I knew how he’d be feeling on the night with the build-up and the support he took with him.

“He used his jab well and won very comfortably and I am sure he’ll only improve now too.”