Rose Gardens

Boxer Brian Rose feature. Brian with his Lonsdale Belt.

Boxer Brian Rose feature. Brian with his Lonsdale Belt.

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BLACKPOOL’S Winter Gardens in March is being earmarked as a possible venue for Brian Rose’s first defence of his British light-middleweight title.

Rose’s manager Steve Wood is already working on plans for Rose’s first fight since winning the belt from Prince Arron in exemplary style at Robin Park Centre in Wigan earlier in the month,

Wood said: “Brian got great support from his fans in Wigan and we want that first defence in Blackpool.

“He has worked so hard and made so many sacrifices that he deserved to become British champion.”

Meantime, another Blackpool boxer, Jeff Thomas, continues on the comeback trail on Friday, inspired by Rose’s stirring deeds in Wigan.

Thomas will be in action at Colne against an opponent to be announced in a six-rounder.

Thomas was at Wigan to see Rose’s finest hour and he said: “It is great for boxing in Blackpool and gives everybody in the sport a lift.

“I have known Brian since he was a boy and seen him come all the way through to a British title.” Thomas added: “I have not come back to boxing to fight journeymen. I am boxing because I enjoy it and I want to test myself.”

*Carl Froch has declared himself Britain’s best boxer as he bids to be crowned the world’s top super-middleweight on Saturday.

The WBC champion from Nottingham meets WBA champion Andre Ward in the final of the innovative Super Six tournament in Atlantic City hoping to do what fellow Britons Amir Khan and David Haye could not.

Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight belts to Lamont Peterson last weekend while Froch’s friend Haye came up well short against heavyweight rival Wladimir Klitschko in the summer.

Froch can lay claim to being the world’s best super-middleweight if he beats unbeaten American Ward at the Boardwalk Hall.