Rhodes mixes it with Olympic golden boy Campbell

Scarborough's George Rhodes after sparring with Olympic gold medalist  Luke Campbell MBE
Scarborough's George Rhodes after sparring with Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell MBE

Scarborough's George Rhodes has been warming up for his next fight by sparring Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell MBE.

Welterweight contender Rhodes travelled to Hull on Thursday to help the Hull lightweight finish off his preparation as he takes on Liverpool's Derry Mathews next weekend.

The Scarborough man stepped into the ring for three rounds of sparring with the Hull boxer who is tipped to go all the way and win a World Title after his glittering amateur career.

"It was an honour to be asked," said Rhodes.

"I got a call from Mike Bromby at St Paul's asking me to go through to spar Luke as he was coming back from training in Miami to finish off his camp.

"If it was anyone else I'd have said no as I'd been out of the gym for a week and wasn't properly fit, but I learned so much from it, it was a great experience.

"He was obviously very fast and sharp, but I caught him with the jab and to the body a few times, he said I had a good jab afterwards, which was nice to hear."

Rhodes is back in action in Scunthorpe on Saturday November 26 after his draw with Steven Backhouse last month, and he feels sparring Campbell will stand him in good stead.

"Obviously my opponent won't have the pedigree of Luke Campbell, I had to tighten up and be harder to hit," added Rhodes.

"I'm backing him to beat Derry Mathews, he'll be too fast and too sharp for him."