Boxer Brian out to be a net asset

Local boxer Brian Rose
Local boxer Brian Rose
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BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose is to undergo an unlikely, and some might say bizarre, sporting conversion this weekend – he is to take up netball!

But it’s all in a worthy cause.

Big-hearted Brian, the English light-middleweight champion, will be in action tomorrow on the netball court rather than his usual domain the boxing ring as he enters a female sporting world.

It’s all in the name of charity to raise money for research into prostate cancer.

When he is not boxing, Rose works as a fitness instructor at FX Leisure in Poulton – one of his clients there is Tara-Jane Fisher, who asked him to be involved in the charity knockout netball event, which gets under way at Stanley Park tomorrow at 10.30am.

Rose said: “I have agreed to do it because it is such a worthwhile cause – but I have insisted that I draw the line at wearing a skirt!

“That wouldn’t help my street cred at all!

“But I am happy to give it a go. I am quite good at most sports and I have already done a bit of netball practice.”

Rose won’t be the only male entering a female-dominated arena – also taking part tomorrow will be his FX Leisure work colleague Matt Spence, the son of former Blackpool and Northern Ireland international striker Derek Spence.

It’s a busy couple of days for Brian so he won’t have much time to rest from his netball exertions.

On Monday, he will be taking part in a rowing machine challenge when a group volunteers at FX Leisure embark on an attempt to complete a million metres in honour of youngster Yuto Rice, who is suffering from a heart disorder.

Meantime, Rose is in serious preparation for a defence of his English title at Bolton Arena on October 22 – at this stage it looks as though his opponent could well be Erick Ochieng.

Provided that he makes a successful defence of that belt, Rose’s next aim will be to challenge Prince Arron for the British title some time early in 2012.