AS Blackpool boxer Brian Rose gears up for his British light-middleweight title bout against holder Prince Arron at Wigan on Saturday, his former amateur trainer reckons he has the skills and technique to claim the Lonsdale Belt.
Coach Andy Sumner has known Rose since he took up boxing at the age ten.
Now 26, Rose is preparing for the fight of his life for the honour of becoming the first Blackpool fighter to win the British title since Brian London half a century ago.
Though Arron will start favourite after his punishing defeat of Sam Webb to become champion, Sumner said: “That suits me and it probably suits Brian. Still a huge supporter of Rose, Sumner added: “He knows Arron quite well from sparring with him and I think Brian will know how to handle him.
“Arron’s experience as a professional isn’t vast and he doesn’t have Brian’s experience as an amateur. Brian boxed 90 times as an amateur, some of those bouts at the very highest level.
“His overall experience will be vital, and I think Brian is capable of outboxing him. He has the boxing brain and the skills – that is my theory, as well as my hope.”
Sumner says Rose will be prepared mentally for the televised 12-rounder at the Robin Park Arena.
“People should not under-estimate Brian. He has a steely temperament and a proud boxer with a great fighting spirit. “He doesn’t like to admit defeat but he is honest and doesn’t try to con himself.”
Arron is 6ft 3in and made his height advantage tell when beating the 5ft 9in Webb. Sumner added: “That fight was between two guys of differing styles and physiques. Webb was outreached but Brian is a lot taller (6ft). Brian has trained hard and sparred with Jack Arnfield, who is nearly 6ft 3in. I am told they have had wars in the gym!”
n KIRKHAM & Fylde Amateur Boxing Club super-heavyweight Bill Hodgson continued to progress in the ABA Class A National Championships when he stopped North East champion Thomas Bate in the opening round in Manchester.
Hodgson tagged the North East fighter with a short left-hook which sent him staggering back and the referee administered the standing eight count.
The Kirkham man pressed forward with straight jabs, isolating Bates in a corner and unloading hooks and body shots. The referee jumped in to award Hodgson a well-deserved victory.
Hodgson has stopped his last three National Championship opponents inside two rounds and next meets Yorkshire’s Shaun Hardisty at Everton Park Sport Centre in the semi-final.
The ABA have nominated Hodgson to compete for the North West amateur belt at Great Birchwood Country Park on December 15.