Rose targets Khan on return to big time

Rose - wants the big fights

Rose - wants the big fights

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Brian Rose, back in action in Birmingham on Saturday, has spelled out his intention to return to the boxing big league.

And the Blackpool boxer says he would relish a fight with Amir Khan.

Rose, who meets Bulgarian Stiliyan Kostov at the Barclaycard Arena, is aiming high as he returns to the 11-stone division after a brief foray at middleweight.

The 31-year-old, who lost on points to Matthew Macklin in his last fight in April, says he is reverting to super-welterweight (formerly light-middleweight), even though Saturday night’s contest on the Frankie Gavin-Sam Eggington bill has been made at 11st 6lb.

Rose said confidently: “I want to test myself against the best, and the best in this division at this moment is Amir Khan, who has stepped up to super-welterweight. We are talking about people like Khan and Liam Smith.”

Rose has spoken in the past about his problems making 11-stone but says a change in dietary regime has reassured him he can drop down the weights.

He said: “I was coming home after training and eating a cheap kind of food.

“But now I am putting myself on a prep-food diet and I will be able to make the weight.”

The pinnacle of Rose’s domestic career was to win the Lonsdale Belt outright on the back of three defences of the British super-welterweight title.

In the summer of 2014, he journeyed to the United States to challenge Demetrius Andrade for the World Boxing Organisation version of the world title, going down to a stoppage loss.

Rose is convinced he has more to offer at the highest level but first he must overcome Kostov, who has won 20 fights, 16 of them knockouts.

However, the merit of those he has fought is very much unknown.

Rose said: “He could be quite dangerous given his record but I don’t think he will pose me problems.

“The injury to my elbow meant that I couldn’t use my jab properly but the operation has sorted that out. I won’t be missing with my jab any more.”

Rose hopes his fight will be featured in Sky Sports’ coverage on the night.

He said: “Frankie Gavin, Anthony Ogogo and me are the three biggest names on the bill, so I’m hoping my fight is shown.”