Scarborough’s George Rhodes recorded his second professional win despite a sluggish performance against Hull’s Paul O’Brien last night.
Rhodes opened the impressive Rumble on the Humble show in front of a sparse Craven Park crowd just moments after the gates had opened to remain unbeaten.
The Scarborough man immediately got to work behind his sharp and accurate jab, winning every early exchange and worked impressively to the home town fighter’s body, throwing a few solid combinations.
However, over eager and looking for a knockout in the second round, Rhodes faltered against his bigger opponent, who had previously fought at middleweight.
Loading up and looking for the stoppage, he got caught on a number of occasions by a surprisingly game O’Brien, who is now 0-11.
The third round saw Rhodes get back behind his jab, fighting smartly and keeping the hometown fighter at bay, albeit it at a slower pace than he would have liked.
Rhodes bust O’Brien’s nose as the round progressed, gaining confidence and blood trickled down his game foe’s face.
The final round saw a visibly tired Rhodes stay on the front foot but his work lacked the necessary venom to produce a stoppage win against a man who formely earned his corn in the unlicensed boxing game.
O’Brien showed more promise than his winless record suggested beforehand and landed a couple of big shots in the second, but Rhodes was in command for the majority of proceedings.
The referee agreed, handing him three of the four rounds for a 39-37 victory.
Read more from Rhodes’ victory, including the views of his promotes Dave Coldwell, in The Scarborough News this Thursday.