Arnfield insists Rose re-match is no-go

Champion Jack Arnfield will make a triumphant return to the Blackpool boxing arena this summer.

Friday, 7th April 2017, 11:24 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:25 pm
Arnfield - summer date

He will be the top-of-the-bill attraction at the Winter Gardens on July 14 on a show promoted by his manager Steve Wood.

It will be a defence of his World Boxing Association international middleweight title against an opponent yet to be named.

Arnfield says that there are a couple of 'household names' on the list of possibilities - but one of them is definitely NOT Brian Rose.

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The pair met at Manchester Arena last month, with Arnfield getting the decision on all three judges' cards.

Rose and some of his supporters have been asking for a re-match, but Arnfield said: "100 per cent it will never happen.

"I have much bigger names to think about than Brian Rose."

The one-time friends became serious foes in the build-up to the fight, culminating in the pair clashing at the pre-fight weigh-in, while there was a skirmish on stage which involved Rose's trainer Bobby Rimmer.

Arnfield saiid of the 12 rounds points verdict in his favour: "It was the right decision, though some of his supporters think Rose won.

"It has not even entered my mind to have a re-match.

"I was unhappy with a lot of the things that went on before the fight, the behaviour of Bobby Rimmer and other things that happened on social media."

The Stalmine-based Arnfield added: "Nothing has been decided on my opponent. Some names have been put forward, including two household names, but I can't go into details at the moment.

"I will defend my title and then look to move forward again.

"It could be the British title, but I am not hell-bent on that."

Arnfield has a very important date - more wedding-rings than boxing rings- on July 29 when he weds his girl-friend Laura Betts.

Meantime, the Winter Gardens undercard is due to be announced next week