Lion king gives up his crown

Boxing at the Winter Gardens.  Brian Rose v Joachim Alcine.
Boxing at the Winter Gardens. Brian Rose v Joachim Alcine.
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Blackpool’s Brian Rose has given up the British light-
middleweight title to pursue his ambitions on the world stage.

Rose took the title with a win in late 2011 over Prince Arron before defending it three times – against Max Maxwell, Kris Carslaw and Sam Webb – to earn the right to keep the Lonsdale Belt outright.

Rose and his backers feel that they have proved all they need to do on the domestic scene and that there are bigger goals to conquer, hence the decision to give up the title

As a result of the Blackpool man vacating it, the British Boxing Board of Control have nominated Erick Ochieng to face Liverpool’s unbeaten Commonwealth champion Liam Smith.

Ochieng is due to fight on the undercard of the Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler rematch at the O2 Arena a week tomorrow before taking on Smith

Rose said: “I am bit gutted to have to give it up, but there is no going back now and I am ready for the next stage of my career – the world title.

“I feel I have it in me to compete at that level and now I intend to prove it.

“I’m ready for the world stage.”