Blackpool boxer Brian Rose says winning is not all that matters in his comeback fight in Leeds on Saturday – he wants to look the part.
Rose is in action at the First Direct Arena against Argentinian Ignacio Fraga in what he hopes will be a tune-up for a tilt at the Commonwealth light-middleweight title before the year is out.
Rose insists he is still fresh and ready to take on new challenges despite a punishing loss at the hands of Demtrius Andrade when making an unavailing challenge for the World Boxing Organisation version of the world light-middleweight title in NewYor in June.
Rose told The Gazette: “I am 29 years old, but I am a young 29 in terms of how my career has gone.
“I had a war against Javier Maciel, which I won, and I got a bit of spanking against Andrade.
“I still felt as though I had something left, even after I lost to Andrade, and now I have the chance to carry on doing what I do best.”
Fraga is the third choice opponent for the Blackpool fighter on the big televised bill in Leeds and Rose will be taking him seriously in the eight-rounder, a match made at 11st 2lb.
He said: “Braga has won 11. He can punch and he is durable . He has only been stopped by good opponents.
“But he is at a lower level than I have been used to and he will offer nothing I won’t be able to handle.”
It will only be Rose’s second fight of 2014, and the meeting with Andrade was his first contest for over six months, so he intends to keep busy.
Rose said: “Fighting Andrade for the first time in more than half a year was not good for me and I am hoping to be boxing again this year.
“There is talk of me boxing for the Commonwealth title on the Nathan Cleverley/Tony Bellew bill (scheduled for Liverpool at the Echo Arena on November 22).
“On Saturday, I don’t just need to win, but to look good at the same time.”