A belting present for Oscar

Brian Rose
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BRITISH title hopeful Brian Rose vowed today: “I’ll get that Lonsdale Belt”.

The Blackpool light-middleweight bids for Prince Arron’s British title at Robin Park, Wigan, on Saturday – and he says he is doing it for his son Oscar and the 300 fans who have bought tickets to see him.

Rose said: “Arron has a lot of chinks but so does every boxer.

“I do things wrong, and he’ll be looking at DVDs of me looking to capitalise, but it’s about who’s got the best boxing brain on the night and I know it’ll be me.

“On December 3, I know I’ve got too good a boxing brain and I’ll be bringing that belt home with me.”

Rose added: “I’ve done everything right. I’ve done the rounds and I’m more than ready.

“If you know anything about the sport, this fight’s 50-50, though it won’t be with the bookies. I think it’s got the makings of a great fight and I’ve sold nearly 300 tickets.”

And don’t expect any of the ‘trash talk’ often associated with big-fight build-ups.

Rose added: “I’ve got no hatred towards him (Arron) – he’s just got something I want.

“Sparring with him before Prizefighter (which Arron won), I got to know him and he’s a nice lad. We’ll have to put differences aside for one night.

“From the age of 12 I’ve been dreaming about being British champion and I’m going to grab the chance with both hands.

“I’m bringing that title home for my son.”

Rose is trying to fill a massive void in Blackpool pro boxing – no-one from the town has won a British title since Brian London half a century ago.