Rhodes misses out on Crolla appearance

Anthony Crolla fights Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on Saturday
Anthony Crolla fights Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on Saturday

Scarborough welterweight George Rhodes Jnr has been dealt a blow after he had to turn down the opportunity to box in Manchester on Anthony Crolla's undercard on Saturday.

Rhodes Jnr has been training hard for his fight on Friday July 8 at the Barnsley Metrodome, when he will look to make it five pro wins on the bounce.

George Rhodes has quickly racked up four straight pro wins

George Rhodes has quickly racked up four straight pro wins

The Scarborough man received the call to fight on the undercard of WBA lightweight world champion Crolla's first defence against dangerous Venezwuelan Ismael Barroso, but has had to turn down the offer due to illness.

A disappointed Rhodes Jnr said: "I'm absolutely gutted.

"I got the call to fight Sean Ben Mulligan over four rounds, but I've been ill and had to have a day off work.

"I would've loved that fight, it would've been a massive opportunity to fight on a big card."

Rhodes knows he has to crack on and prepare for his next fight in July now though.

"At least I have a date to look forward to, I need to get back in the gym and work hard for July 8."