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Boxing: Rhodes hits the class barrier

The precocious talent which made Ryan Rhodes the youngest post- war British champion and the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt proved not quite enough to carry him the final step to a world title. Last night, in front of his home town fans here, he found Canada's Otis Grant a shade too seasoned for him and was soundly outpointed in his bid to lift the vacant World Boxing Organisation middleweight title. The verdict was unanimous: Judge Nelson Vasquez of Puerto Rico scored it 115-114, American judges Larry Hazzard and Al Munoz had identical cards of 115- 113.

Boxing: Record beckons Rhodes

Ryan Rhodes is a young man in a hurry, swept along in the slipstream of Naseem Hamed's meteoric rise to prominence. But is Rhodes going too fast too soon? That is the major question waiting to be answered in his home city of Sheffield tonight.

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Boxing: Rhodes claims Lonsdale Belt record

Ryan Rhodes made a slow start at the Rivermead Centre in Reading last night but he finally unleashed his power to stop Del Bryan, retain his British light-middleweight title and so capture a Lonsdale Belt in the record time.

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Title moves Rhodes into the fast lane

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Rhodes to nowhere: BBC's epic tale flops

The BBC's major drama serial Rhodes is in danger of becoming a flop as colossal as its hero's exploits.

The colossus known as `Rhodes'

We are never left in any doubt that Rhodes (BBC1, Sunday) is an epic. We know this, not just because the makers have provided us with a sandstorm, a cast of thousands and an entire frontier town manufactured for the cameras, but because incredibly loud, specially composed orchestral scores accompany virtually every scene and arise to fill any silence. The BBC's Rhodes is a man who cannot take a leak with-out the assistance of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Colossus Rhodes

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