Brian Rose ready to bloom again in time for title shot
Former world title challenger Brian Rose has assured fans they’ll see the best of him as he prepares to fight for the first time in 18 months on Friday.
‘The Lion’ (29-5-1-KO8) returns to action on the MTK Global show in Manchester – live on iFL TV – and then heads for York Hall for a shot at Luke Keeler’s WBO European middleweight title on December 14.
Having reigned as British light-middleweight champion between 2010 and 2012, Rose is relishing the prospect of returning to the big fight nights.
Rose said: “I’m happy to be starting off with a six-rounder before the title fight against Keeler. I’ll blow the cobwebs off.
“I’m going to keep focused and I think you’ll see the best of me because of that. I’m not just saying it – you’ll see the best Brian Rose. I’m not making this comeback for the money; it’s for myself, mentally.
“It shows a lot about my character to do it for the love of it. There was a time I was jumping in there to pay bills but I’m not in that position now. I’m in the best place I’ve been in mentally and physically for years. I can’t wait to get people talking about me again. I can’t wait – I’m excited.
“If you look back on my career when I challenged for the British title, I won it and defended it three times in the space of 12 months. I fought four times in a year and they were my best days and great performances. When I’m active, you see the best Brian Rose.
“I want to thank MTK Global for all their help. They’ve worked tirelessly. They could’ve put me in with anyone and used my name for up-and-coming fighters but they didn’t. A lot of people are saying I should retire but I’ll prove them wrong and I’ve got the chance to do that now. I believe I’m with the best management company in the world.”
Rose returns on a busy bill in Manchester that includes his MTK Global team-mates Liam Conroy, Mike McGoldrick, Craig Bunn, Ben Sheedy plus Savannah Marshall and more.
Trio Of Females Headline Latest BCB Show
A trio of females headline BCB Promotions’ first show at a new venue next month.
Rachel Ball, Lauren Johnson and Dani Hodges are all in action – alongside Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies and Damian Kiwior – as Britain’s fastest growing promotions company move into new territory..
The five—fight card takes place at the Goldmine Centre, on Lower Hall Lane, in Walsall on Friday, 7th December. The show has been titled ‘Going for Gold at the Goldmine.’ It will be the first show of a triple weekend for BCB, who will be at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday and Birmingham on the Sunday.
Ball is a former kickboxer, from Aldridge, won titles in that calling and is targeting major belts in 2019 after switching sports.
She’s still heavily involved at the Trojan Martial Arts Academy in Brownhills, under the tutelage of chief instructor Gavin Burrows and her partner Todd Harrison.
She’s set her sights on the never-contested Commonwealth crown at super bantam, in a plan to drop down from feather.
Wolverhampton’s Johnson appears for a fourth time, as a pro, after recording three points successes. The last was an eight-rounder to claim a British Challenge welterweight strap.
Hodges, another former kickboxer, has downed two opponents on points since becoming a British Boxing Board of Control licence holder this year.
‘The Pocket Rocket,’ aged 32, is one of the few lady flyweights in the UK and is after a hat-trick of positive paid results.
Tividale’s Davies has bounced back from his first pro defeat with two positive points results and is looking to record his fourth victory of 2018 to complete his year.
He’s registered for the sweet science as ‘Stewart Davies’, using his middle name as his first name as there’s another Ryan Davies in the paid ranks. Another welter completes the card.
Poland-born Kiwior, who lives in Wolverhampton, has four points wins since turning over. He won a host of medals and was a national champion in his homeland as an amateur.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 01922 621 951. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18’s).