By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) is hoping that a victory over 28-year-old journeyman Carson Jones (36-10-3, 26 KOs) next month will lead him down the path to a world title shot.
Rose, 29, and Jones will be fighting on February 14th for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Rose is currently not ranked in the top 15 by any of the boxing organizations at 154, so he’s going to need a considerable bump up in the ratings if he wants to get near enough to get a title shot against one of the 154 pound champions.
It’s not as if Rose hasn’t already fought for a world title. He fought WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade for his title last year in June and was knocked out in seven rounds in a one-sided contest from start to finish.
Andrade knocked Rose down twice and had him looking like an over-matched sparring partner rather than a No.1 ranked contender. In hindsight, the World Boxing Organization kind of dropped the ball in giving Rose such a high ranking based on his nothing wins over poor opposition during his career before he fought for a world title. It would have been a lot better if the WBO had waited until Rose fought a live body with a pulse before they decided to rank him Number 1 with their organization.
“I want to do a good job on Carson Jones,” Rose said via Skysports.com. “I want to beat Jones in good style and go on and fight for a world title this year. I think it’s the biggest fight of my career.
Rose has fought once since being whipped by Andrade in beating an obscure fighter by the name of Ignacio Lucero Fraga (11-8-3, 5 KOs) by a 1st round knockout last October. The fight, like most of Rose’s bouts on his resume, told us absolutely zero because of how weak Rose’s opponent was.
To learn anything about Rose, you have to see him in with quality opposition, and unfortunately he’s only fought one good opponent [Andrade] during his career and he blew Rose out of there without any problems.
I suspect that Carson Jones will beat Rose on February 14th. Rose doesn’t have much in the way of power, and he’s slow and very basic with his offense. If he fights in the same manner against Jones as he did against Andrade, then I can see Jones scoring a knockout.