A Valentines Rose on Jones at the Winter Gardens

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(Images courtesy of Karen Priestley Photography and sponsored by Fylde Coast Boxing)

Blackpool’s Lion readying to scupper Jones’ Valentine’s as Rose looks to be Carson’s thorn

Brian Rose Website is HERE

Blackpool’s favourite fighting son, and the shining light for those coming through the ranks behind him, light middleweight Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose, 26-2-1(8), steps into the Winter Gardens on Valentine’s Day aiming to add the WBC International light middleweight to his bulging collection.

A world title loss against Demetrius Andrade aside, Rose’s stock is still at the high that saw him crowned British champion outright against Sam Webb in December 2012, and WBO Intercontinental against Joachim Alcine just four months later. Subsequent victories over Alexey Ribchev and Javier Maciel saw that stock put him into the world title picture.

Last time out Yorkshire fans would see Ignacio Fraga blown away in just under the three minutes as Rose came back with a first round stoppage as he ‘warmed-up’ for a title shot against Carson Jones, 36-10-3(26).

The 28-year-old American has only lost twice in the past four years, both against Brit Kell Brook, and for a fighter who has been going since 2004, that’s some going.

Rose though is insistent, not only on getting back to another world title opportunity, but as to how this will pan out. He said: “There’s no way I am getting beat in the Lion’s Den.

“It’s my 30th the day after the Winter Gardens show and I know that the crowd will spur both Jack (Arnfield who appears in the Prizefighter) and me on to success. People say it all the time but I am the best I have ever felt going into this and I’ve a lot of pad work, running, sparring, you name it – everything is perfect and I can feel the difference in myself.”

Looking back Rose knows where he faltered against Andrade and insists that won’t happen again. He is also aware of what is coming when he steps into the ring on February 14 against Jones.

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“I’ve no doubt in my mind, and it shows on paper as well, that this is a tough fight, you just have to look at the one between Jones and (Kell) Brook to see that,” continued Rose.

“I do think however that my size and boxing skills will make a big difference on the night although I’m aware that he’s wanting to come here and go out on a high – that’s not happening!”

With Andrade it was a massive opportunity for him and one that a lot of people feel will come again, it just wasn’t meant to be on that particular night for The Lion, continuing he said: “I felt that I could have won but I was beaten by the better man on the night.

“I didn’t do anything that I set out to do; I just froze and was like rabbits caught in the headlights. I’ve learnt from that though and there are things that I would do differently the next time around.

“The hardest part is obviously taking me away from my family but I’ll do that every time, just like what happened there, I think I went over too soon and it got me.

“Now though I’m just glad that I am back home in Blackpool with Danielle and the children. Danielle understands and that’s great for me, I just want to be able to achieve this for my family, for Oscar and Penelope.”

It will be an achievement in which four-year-old Oscar agrees with entirely.

Brian Rose, Scott Cardle and the Prizefighter takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14. Rose faces American Carson Jones for the WBC International light middleweight title over 12 x 3 and the 35th Prizefighter is the middleweights featuring Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield.

Tickets are still available but only £40 remain and are to be purchased from the Matchroom website

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Posted on 04/02/2015, in Boxing, UK Fight Scene and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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