Rose: Battle of Blackpool is a must win for me

Brian Rose

Blackpool based middleweight, Brian Rose, knows he is in a must-win fight when he squares off against Jack Arnfield for the WBA International Middleweight strap at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.

Arnfield won the belt when he defeated John Ryder in September 2016 and went on to secure a successful defence of his title, against Mick Hall in January.

Rose got off to a shaky start in the middleweight division, losing to Matthew Macklin via majority decision in April 2016.

However, Rose feels he has evolved somewhat since making a move to 160lbs and has what it takes to make his mark in the division – starting with a win over Arnfield in the “Battle of Blackpool”.

“There is more pressure on me because I have a lot more to lose,” said, Rose. “My career is on the line, Jack’s isn’t – Jack will come again. It is quite easy for somebody young and up and coming to take a fight against somebody with a lot of experience who has done so much. For me, I have to think about my future.

“When I win it gets me higher up in the WBA rankings. He is coming off the back of three good wins, so it was probably a bit disrespectful of me to say beating Jack doesn’t take me anywhere because beating him does put me in good stead.

“I don’t think Jack would have ever dreamed of beating me two years ago – that isn’t me being disrespectful, just honest. This is a second coming for me.

“I feel better than when I had the World title fight, and that is the truth. For the Macklin fight I hadn’t had enough time to grow into the weight, but this time I feel big around the arms, I feel a lot stronger, I am pushing people about in sparring and hurting people in sparring.

“I can only go off what I have done in training, and since the Macklin fight, a lot has changed. You will see a new Brian Rose with a different approach. People see me as a technical fighter but I am bringing something else tonight, and I hope Jack is ready for it.”

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