Matthew Macklin defeats Brian Rose

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By Jeff Aranow: In what could spell the end of a once promising career, former world title challenger Brian Rose (28-4-1, 8 KOs) was beaten tonight by former four-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (35-6, 22, KOs) by a 12 round majority decision in a competitive fight on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin card at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Macklin had too much power for the light hitting Rose to deal with in this fight. It was predictable that Macklin would win no matter what. He was just a better overall puncher than Rose, and the judges were more impressed with Macklin’s power than Rose’s weaker shots.

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Matthew Macklin vs. Brian Rose on April 9 on Martin-Joshua card

macklin56By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF, #11 WBC junior middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (34-6, 22 KOs) will be facing former world title challenger Brian Rose (28-3-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout on April 9 on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between IBF champion Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The card will be televised on Sky Box Office. The Macklin-Rose fight will take place in the 154lb division. Macklin recently moved down to that weight class in his last fight against Jason Welborn last October.

I can’t say that Macklin looks any better at 154 than he did at 160, but at least he didn’t get knocked out, so that’s a positive.

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Campbell-Coyle, Rose-Jones 2, Whyte-Costa-Junior & Burns-Ofotsu tonight

campbell5By Scott Gilfoid: In a card loaded with mismatches from top to bottom, #15 WBC lightweight contender Luke Campbell (11-0, 9 KOs) will be facing #7 IBF, #14 WBC Tommy Coyle (21-2, 10 KOs) in the feature bout tonight at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull, UK. Just why the 27-year-old Campbell is still facing domestic level opposition like the 25-year-old Coyle at this point in his career is unclear.

I mean, Campbell is a gold medal winner from the 2012 London, Olympics. Yeah, Campbell was involved in some controversial fights where appeared to lose in the eyes of some fans, but he really should have already stepped it up well before this point.

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Carson Jones predicts another KO of Brian Rose

By Scott Gilfoid: Former junior middleweight title challenger Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) gave it his best shot last February against the hard hitting American Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) and Rose was unable to make it out of the 1st round in getting stopped. Rose would then complain about the stoppage, saying it was premature, so here we are seeing these two fighters face each other a second time.

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Boxing preview for Rumble on the Humber – August 1st

Omar Figueroa vs Ricky BurnsBy Gav Duthie: The city of Hull plays host to their biggest ever boxing spectacle as two local lightweights Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle lock horns. The event also boasts a good undercard full of boxers with varying agendas – the revenge of Brian Rose on Carson Jones, the latest comeback of two time world champ Ricky Burns and the profile building of heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte. Here is my take on the fights with predictions.

Luke Campbell 11-0 v Tommy Coyle 21-2

Many fight fans are asking when Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua is going to step up in class. Fellow gold medalist Luke Campbell is definitely being handed a tougher assignment than any Joshua has received in fellow Hull boxer and stablemate Tommy Coyle.

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Brian Rose puts his career on the line against Carson Jones in rematch

andrade777By Scott Gilfoid: Junior middleweight Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) knows full well that his career will be on the line in his rematch against high level journeyman Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) in a little over a week from now on August 1st at the Craven Park Stadium, Hull, Yorkshire.

Rose, 30, was knocked out in the 1st round by Jones last February in what some people characterize as an upset, but I think it was more of a case of Rose being beaten by a better fighter than himself.

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