Rhodes aiming to accomplish boxing dream

George Rhodes is going for glory tomorrow night
George Rhodes is going for glory tomorrow night

Scarborough's George Rhodes is confident of plucking a challenge belt out of the lion's den on Friday night when he tackles home fighter Connor Seymour at Hull City Hall.

Twenty-five-year-old Rhodes steps up to super-welterweight for the bill topper on the Humber, where he will be looking to bounce back from his opening defeat at a pro fighter.

Victory for Rhodes in the eight-rounder will plant the first belt in his trophy cabinet, and the former Westway amateur feels that it could propel him towards much bigger things.

"I think that if I'm at 100% tomorrow night and he's at 100% then I'll go out there and win it," he said.

"He is the champion, but I am feeling very confident about this fight.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of stepping up to eight rounds. I don't think it will be a problem at all for me because I've got good engine, which will get me through.

"Fights like these are why you get involved in boxing. I've been waiting for this since I started at the age of nine.

"When you start out you dream about being a pro champion and winning a belt. This is my opportunity and I think it can lead to bigger and better things."

Rhodes may be on foreign soil, but he is confident that his travelling support can help turn it into a home from home.

He added: "Scarborough fans are the best fans. You only have to look at the football and the rugby clubs.

"Scarborough is still in love with boxing and that all stems from what our boxing ambassador Paul Ingle achieved.

"When I go to shows, people only want to talk about the support that I get because it is amazing.

"If I win they win and when I lose they lose, so I want to go out there and win that belt for my supporters and for Scarborough."