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Brian Rose: I demand a rematch against Carson Jones

By Scott Gilfoid: In what has to be seen as a nightmare for Britain’s Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) tonight in Blackpool, he was destroyed in lightning fashion by ring veteran Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) in a 1st round knockout at the Winter Gardens in England.

Rose is now complaining that he wants an immediate rematch because he felt he wasn’t given a chance by the referee after he was hurt by Jones in the 1st round.

“I demand a rematch. I want something done. He gave him a chance; why not give me a chance? Rose said after the fight via “He didn’t give me a chance but I feel he gave Jones a chance. I buzzed him and I had him going worse than he had me.”

I’d say the chances of Rose getting a rematch against Jones are pretty good. As long as Rose’s promoter Eddie Hearn is ready to come up with a lot of cash money to lure Jones back to the UK for Rose’s rematch, I can see it happening. It’s not as if Jones has a ton of other options available to him right now.

The last time I checked, Jones isn’t ranked in the top 15 at junior middleweight, so he’d probably be open to the idea of coming back to England to fight Rose again. The only question is will Hearn be willing to come up with the green stuff to get Jones back again? I don’t know if he will.

I’d be willing to bet that a lot of boxing fans that saw the fight live tonight in Blackpool might think twice about coming back to see Rose fight again so soon against the same guy. Unless Hearn can stage the Rose-Jones II rematch on the same card as one of his big boxing events with a lot of other fighters, I’m not sure if it will make a lot of sense for Hearn to pay Jones to come back to the UK to fight Rose.

At the same time, I’m not sure that it’s the smartest thing for Rose to fight Jones again. I mean, right now Rose can bellyache that he was the victim of a controversial stoppage by the referee John-Lewis.

If Rose faces Jones a second time and gets knocked out a second time, then the excuses for Rose will disappear. Rose will then have to face the reality that he doesn’t have the talent even to beat a 2nd tier 154 pound fighter, and that obviously will be a tough pill for him to swallow.

Rose never really had a chance to get his own offense in gear before he was hurt with a big shot from Jones. Instead of using his wits to clinch Jones the way fighters are told to do, Rose instead covered up and this led to referee Ian-John Lewis in stopping the bout at 2:27 of the round.

“That’s the way I fight, I cover up and let my opponents let their shots go. The referee should know that. I’m the sort of fighter who gets hit, covers up, and takes it on the gloves,” Rose said.

Yes, that’s definitely the way Rose fights. He likes to cover up in his fights and let his opponents go at it in nailing him with shot after shot. This is exactly what Rose did in the 7th round in his fight against WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade last year, and the result was the referee stopping the fight rather than letting Rose continue to take one-way punishment.

I don’t know why Rose didn’t know that he couldn’t use that tactic against Jones. I mean, Rose should have known that it’s not smart for him to play possum so frequently.

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