Stepping stone to big-time for ‘banger’ Brian

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TRAINER Bobby Rimmer is confident a win by his charge Brian Rose over Sam Webb in their British light-middleweight title in December will be the springboard for bigger and better things in Europe and beyond.

Rose and Webb have been matched up to meet at the Winter Gardens on December 14, and Rimmer said: “Brian wanted this fight more than anything – the chance to win the Lonsdale Belt outright in front of his own fans in Blackpool.

“It is going to be a tough fight but I don’t think Webb has the tools to beat Brian.

“Brian has found a new lease of life and is going from strength to strength.”

Rose will go into the British title contest against mandatory challenger Webb in confident vein, having knocked out Vivian Harris this month with a spectacular right-hand punch.

It had been commonly accepted in the fight trade that Rose was not a real banger, but the manner of the victory over Harris has radically altered perceptions, not least in the boxer’s own mind, according to Rimmer.

He said: “I have always known that Brian was big puncher but maybe he did not believe it himself.

“When he sparred before the Harris fight with Jack Arnfield, Jack mentioned how hard Brian was punching.

“After throwing that right hand against Harris, Brian knows now what he is capable of doing.”

Rimmer reckons Rose had improved so much that Webb will be outclassed.

He added: “We were going to take a fight with Webb two years ago, before Brian’s first meeting with Max Maxwell, but it didn’t happen.

“Back then I would have said it would have been a very close fight, but now Brian is far too good for him because he has come on so much over the last two years.

“Webb has only fought once this year, and though he got the verdict against Matthew Hal I thought he lost that fight.

“Once Brian gets this mopped up he can go on to better things. He is close to realising one of his dreams as a fighter.”