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Brian Rose vs. Carson Jones tonight in Blackpool

LatestBy Scott Gilfoid: Former junior middleweight world title challenger Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) will be back in the ring tonight to face journeyman Carson Jones (36-10-3, 26 KOs) in a scheduled 12 roundn bout for the vacant WBC International super welterweight strap at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Rose, 29, is hoping to get another crack at a world title after he was badly beaten by WBO World junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade by a 7th round knockout last year in June in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, Rose was ranked #1 by the WBO despite the fact that he’d arguably never beaten anyone of quality.

Up to that point, Rose’s best win of his career was a highly controversial 12 round split decision over slugger Javier Francisco Maciel in October of 2013 in a fight that took place in the UK. Having seen that fight, I had Macial winning easily.

It’s unclear what Rose will get out of fighting Jones, who is more of a blown up welterweight than an actual junior middleweight. Jones moved up to the 154 pound division after losing an 8th round knockout defeat to Kell Brook in their rematch in July of 2013. Since that fight, Jones stopped journeyman Shannon Miller (25-52-8) in the 3rd round last year in September of 2014.

If Rose is able to beat Jones, I don’t see Rose getting a high ranking and I definitely don’t see him getting another world title shot. For Rose to get another title fight, he’s going to need to start facing quality opposition instead of fodder.

“I have learnt from that Andrade defeat and the whole experience of fighting at that top level, and I will prove that,” Rose said via Fightnews.com. “He was too good for me – and for me to say that means I am not sure that I would be able to beat him, he’s that good. But the right champion who suits my style, I will win a world title…I know I can win a world title.”

Well, I really don’t think that Rose is capable of winning a world title with the current champions that are holding down belts at this time. For Rose to win a world title, he’s going to need to beat one of the following champions: Demetrius Andrade, Erislandy Lara, Floyd Mayweather Jr or Cornelius Bundrage.

I’d say the odds of the 29-year-old Rose beating any of them are about zero at this point. However, Rose is young enough to wait out Bundrage and Mayweather, both of which likely won’t be still fighting too much longer. But with that said, there are guys that will likely move into their place like the Charlo brothers, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Austin Trout and Julian Williams. I can’t see Rose beating any of those fighters, and those are the types of guys that he would be expected to beat to one day grab one of the world titles after Mayweather and Bundrage are no longer around. While they’re still fighting though, I don’t see Rose having a ghost of a chance of beating any of them.


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