Rose loses 12-round battle on points

Rose connects with a left

Rose connects with a left

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose suffered the fourth loss of his professional career as he went down to a points defeat at the hands of Matthew Macklin at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

It was a gruelling encounter in what was a crossroads fight for both boxers.

Both men had a point deducted as the action got scrappy.

In the end it was Macklin, who was given the verdict.

One judge had it 113-113, but the other two arbiters gave it to Macklin by the margin of 115-111.

At stake was the International Boxing Federation inter-continental middleweight title.