Maloney: Champ must fight in Blackpool

Brian Rose (right) lands a punch on Prince Aaron during the BBBofC British Light Middleweight Title fight at Robin Park Centre, Wigan

Brian Rose (right) lands a punch on Prince Aaron during the BBBofC British Light Middleweight Title fight at Robin Park Centre, Wigan

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PROMOTER Frank Maloney wants to stage Blackpool boxer Brian Rose’s first defence of his British light-heavyweight title in his hometown.

Rose became Blackpool’s first national boxing champion for over half a century with his points victory over Prince Arron at Maloney’s show in Wigan last Saturday night.

The promoter was hugely impressed and believes there is only one town to stage Rose’s next fight.

Maloney said: “I want to take Brian Rose to Blackpool. There hasn’t been a big professional tournament there since the days of Brian London, and it’s about time we gave the new champion a chance to defend his title in his hometown.”

While Rose’s victory confounded the bookies’ odds, Maloney was not surprised and was full of praise for the 26-year-old.

Maloney said: “ I was really impressed with the top of the bill fight between Rose and Arron.

“Everyone had written Brian off, but my general manager James Russell told me not to be surprised if Brian stole the title and he did.

“His game plan was perfect, and if you asked me to mark Brian out of ten I’d give him 11.

“Brian was coming back from a bad knockout against Max Maxwell, while Prince Arron was coming into the ring from a great knockout of Sam Webb, so the ingredients were there for a great fight.

“Brian stuck to his gameplan for 12 rounds. His concentration was perfect and we have a new champion.”

Maloney said he was also pleased for Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer, who he labelled “a traditional boxing person, who was always known as second in command in the gym”.

And the promoter feels there will be no shortage of challengers for Rose’s crown in Blackpool.

“The division is hotting up,” Maloney said. “Arron wants his title back, Webb wants shot at it, and we have Matthew Hall who has won an eliminator and there are a few other names out there. It’s an interesting division.”