Big fight date for Rose and Arnfield

Rose - February 14 in Blackpool

Rose - February 14 in Blackpool

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose will get back on the title trial in his home town in February.

He will meet American Carson Jones, of the United States, for the World Boxing Council international championship at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on February 14.

It is a boost to light-middleweight Rose - and a massive lift for the Blackpool boxing scene, as the bill include the latest in the popular Prizefighter series - this time it is the middleweights who will take part and among the fighters featured is unbeaten Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield.

The incentive on Valentnine’s night for both boxers couldn’t be any higher.

A win for Rose would put him in line for another world title shot, having failed in his bid for the World Boxing Organisation version of the title last summer against Demetrius Andrade, while Arnfield can do his profile - and bank balance - a whole lot of good should he win Prizefighter, where the winner pockets £30,000, with bonuses for knockouts.

Rose had originally been slated to fight Jones in Manchester in January on the under-card of Anthony’s Crolla’s world title challenge, but that bill had to be scrapped.

Crolla was hospitalised with a fractured skull and a broken ankle after being attacked by a burglar who had been caught trying to steal from a neighbour’s house.

Now Rose gets the date he wants and the added bonus of boxing in front of him home supporters.

Bobby Rimmer, who trains both Rose and Arnfield, said: “I am over the moon at the news.

“It is great for Blackpool and I am sure people will support the two lads.

“Brian has never a-lost at the Winter Gardens and I don’t think he ever will.

“In fact, I think Brian and Jack will both win on the night.

“This is a big chance for Jack to put himself on the big stage.

“He deserves it because he has had so much bad luck with injuries to his hands and shoulder.”

Prizefighter is a relatively new concept to the fight game, involving eight boxers battling it out, via quarter-finals and semi-finals until a winner is declared.

The full Prizefighter line-up is due to be announced shortly.

A win for Rose would press his claims for another world title shot somewhere down the line, most likely the WBC version.