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Carson Jones destroys Brian Rose in 1st round TKO

By Scott Gilfoid: Just as I suspected, American journeyman Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) totally annihilated the hapless junior middleweight Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) in blasting him out in just one round on Saturday night in their fight for the vacant WBC International super welterweight title at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Jones, 28, hurt Rose with a big right hand shot that had the British fighter on Bambi legs. Referee Ian-John Lewis then called a stop to the fight at 2:27 of the round rather than letting Jones put the coup de grace on Rose. It was a good stoppage by the referee because if he had let it continue, Rose could have been seriously hurt.

For Rose, this pretty much finishes the dream he had of getting another world title fight, I guess. He fought WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in June of 2014, and Rose was knocked down several times before the fight was halted in the 7th.

What’s interesting about this fight was that Jones was thought to be over the hill by a lot of boxing fans after his 8th round stoppage loss to Kell Brook in July of 2013, but Jones’ victory over Rose tonight showed that he still has a little left in the tank. I’m not sure if Jones has a lot left, or if this was a case of Rose being just so bloody awful. I think it might be more of the latter. Rose just didn’t have the chin or the skills to hang with Carson Jones tonight, and saw what happens when you don’t have what it takes to match-up against him.

The question now is what does Rose’s promoter Eddie Hearn do with him? I mean, is there any left that Hearn can use Rose for after a loss like this? We already saw Rose get blasted out by Andrade last year, but now we just saw Rose get beaten by a journeyman level fighter in Jones. This is just so bad for Rose and for Hearn. I don’t know but I think Hearn might want to consider cutting his losses and go in another direction with Rose rather than continuing with him. I mean, if Rose can’t even beat a welterweight like Jones, then what can you do with him? If he were a little smaller, I suppose Rose could be matched against Ricky Burns, but I just don’t see that as a feasible match-up.

In looking at Rose get knocked silly by Jones tonight, I’m now wondering whether the punishment that Rose suffered in his loss to Andrade somehow lessened Rose’s punch resistance. Rose should have been able to take the shots from Jones tonight. After all, if Rose was able to handle getting hit all night long by the hard hitting Javier Francisco Maciel in their fight in October of 2013, then he should have been able to take Jones’ power shots. Maciel is a much bigger puncher than Jones in my view, and it’s just troubling that Rose fell apart so quickly under the fire power from Jones. He should have been able to take Jones’ shots tonight.

I really don’t know where Rose goes from here. I don’t think it’s realistic to assume that he can be rebuilt by Hearn to eventually challenge for a world title at 154. Maybe if Rose lost some baby fat, he could fight in the welterweight division to have a go at it down there. He’d probably still not have much in the way of power, but he’d at least have a chance of making some things happen. If Rose stays at 154, it’s logical to conclude that he’s going to keep getting knocked out each time he’s put in with decent opposition.


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