The big re-match is on - Blackpool boxer Brian Rose will seek redemption when he meets American Carson Jones in Hull on August 1.
It will be the second meeting between the pair, Rose having suffered a shattering, contentious first round defeat at the hands of Jones at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Valentine’s Night earlier this year.
And Rose is so desperate to avenge that loss that he has taken a pay cut for the right to tackle Jones again.
The intriguing bout will take place on the under-card of the top-of-the-bill clash between lightweights Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle at Craven Park rugby ground in Hull.
The camp insist that the first fight was stopped too soon and Rose is seriously intent on putting things right on a promotion being billed as the Rumble In The Humber, in recognition of the fact that the two boxers on top of the bill hail from the Hull area.
Rose said: “We have been trying to get this fight for weeks, and there were times when it didn’t look like it was going to happen.
“But I didn’t give up - neither did my manager Steve Wood and neither did the promoter Eddie Hearn,
“Jones wanted a lot of money and I have had to take a big pay cut, but money is not a consideration - I would have taken it for nothing.
“I want to clear up what I should have done in the first fight, and I have never been more determined in my life before a fight.
“Everybody said before the last fight that it was a mis-match and that I would beat Jones, and it didn’t happen.
“Now it will be regarded as a big fight - in fact, some would see it as a better fight than the top of the bill.”
Rose continued: “There is a real positive vibe in the gym now.
“I have to win this fight and there are no ifs or buts about it.
“I am more confident and determined than I was when I fought Max Maxwell for the second time after he had beaten me in the first fight.
“I beat Maxwell and I intend to do the same against Jones.
“There is no doubt Jones is a good fighter - he took Kell Brook the whole way and he beat me in a round in Blackpool, although I thought that if was stopped too early.
“I hurt him early in the first round in Blackpool and maybe I got too excited after that.
“That is normally not like me, and I will go back being cautious, which is how I normally approach things.”
Rose says he was weak at the light-middleweight of 11-stone for the fight in February, though this re-match will be a catchweight at 11st 4lb.
He said: “I could have done with it being a few pounds higher because it would have given me a middleweight ranking, but it is the fight I need.
“The last time I met Jones, I really struggled to lose that last four or five pounds.”
Rose added that one of the main reasons why he could accept less cash for the Jones re-match was in no small part due to sponsorship that he receives from Numac Engineering and Anthony’s Travel.