KO for Arnfield fight

Ryan Davies (Blackpool) in his first professional fight against Jason 'Rooney' McArdle (Rochdale)
Ryan Davies (Blackpool) in his first professional fight against Jason 'Rooney' McArdle (Rochdale)
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Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield had been forced to pull out of his scheduled fight at Bolton Arena on Saturday week with a shoulder injury.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks with his shoulder and hands that have stalled the middleweight’s undefeated professional career.

The 25-year-old Arnfield has not boxed since November, when he beat Max Maxwell in Blackpool.

However, Arnfield’s camp believe they have now got to the root of the shoulder problem will be able to rectify it.

Arnfield’s trainer Bobby Rimmer said: “I don’t mind saying that after Jack learned he wouldn’t be able to fight in Bolton this month I saw tears in his eyes. He told me he was thinking about packing in because he was so fed up with getting injuries.

“It is a problem with the tendons in his shoulder, which is finally being sorted out, and he should be back in full training soon.

“Jack is 25 and now is the time to let him off the leash.”

Arnfield has yet to be beaten after 17 fights. Rimmer also trains world title contender Brian Rose, who is due back in the ring at Leeds next month.

He is backing Rose to fulfil his ambition of winning a world title, despite losing his fight for the WBO version of the light-middleweight title to champion Demetrius Andrade in New York. Rimmer added: “I have said all along that Brian will win a world title and I am sticking by that.”

n Blackpool boxer R P Davies made a successful debut at Doncaster Dome.

The light-middleweight scored a points win over Rochdale’s Jason McArdle.

Preston referee Phil Edwards scored the four-round bout to Davies 39-38.