BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose is one fight away from a British title shot, but first he must defend his English light-middleweight championship against Swanley’s Martin Welsh in Gillingham tonight.
If Rose diposes of Welsh, he has ambitions to box the winner of Sam Webb versus Prince Arron for the British belt – Webb and Arron meet on the same televised bill.
Rose is convinced he will dipose of Welsh, who is unbeaten, saying: “I’ve got all the tools to beat him though – he’s never boxed anyone as good as me so I think I’ll be keeping my English title.”
Rose (pictured below) has recovered from the crushing setback of his first and only professional loss to Max Maxwell.
“Winning the title was great because I’d reached the lowest part of my career when I got knocked out by Maxwell.
“I never thought it would happen to me, so to win the English title just two fights later against Lee Noble was brilliant.
“Defending the title over 10 rounds is always going to be a tough fight, and that’s what I’ll have in my head.
“There are a few reasons why I lost to Maxwell.
“I underestimated my opponent, I was supposed to be fighting for the British title afterwards so I’d looked past him, and I just made the mistake of dropping my hands which won’t happen again.
“From the things that happened in the fights against Jason Rushton [Jason collapsed in the dressing room after defeat by Rose] and Max, I’ve learned more in those two fights than most people will learn in their whole career.
“I’m a man now, and I’m going to prove that tonight.
“I think I’m one fight off the British title.
“If I win this fight, I’ll be looking to fight the winner of Webb and Arron.
“If Arron wins, it’d be a good fight for the North West, and if Sam Webb wins well he’s a Frank Maloney fighter, so there’s every chance it could happen – and that’s the fight I’m looking for.”