Rose blooms on ring return

Brian Rose defeated Stiliyan Kostov on points in Birmingham Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Brian Rose defeated Stiliyan Kostov on points in Birmingham Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose, back in action for the first time since April, returned with a points victory at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham

He defeated Bulgarian Stiliyan Kostov over eight rounds.

By round two Rose was countering well with his jab and following it up with the right hand.

Rose, who had had an elbow operation since his last fight – a loss to the now retired Matthew Macklin at the 02 Arena in London – found the East European a game opponent.

Fighting in the city where he was born before moving to Blackpool, by the sixth round Rose was using his jab constantly as he attempted to soften up Kostov.

In the eighth Rose was picking his shots and taking his time - by the end of the session he had completed the job.

Super-welterweight RP (Ryan) Davies made it two wins on the night for Blackpool boxers.

He registered the 10th victory of his career as he beat Duane Green, of Norwich, on points at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.

The 29-year-old Blackpool fighter has lost just once in his professional career.