Blackpool's Brian Rose targeting 'bigger and better' things after blowing off the cobwebs with recent victory

Blackpool’s Brian Rose has his eyes set on “bigger and better" things after blowing off the cobwebs during his recent return to the boxing ring.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 11:00 am

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The 36-year-old claimed a points victory over Clavero Lopez in Barcelona on March 20, in what was his first bout since losing on points to Anthony Fowler in August 2019.

The former British title holder, who now has 32 victories from his 39 fights, never looked in trouble during the six-rounder against his Spanish opponent.

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While the circumstances weren’t ideal and Rose wasn’t as fit as he would have liked to have been, ‘The Lion’ was just happy to don the gloves once again and get another win under his belt.

“We had to drive there, so it was a long trip. It wasn’t ideal, but at the same time a fight is a fight and during a pandemic I knew I was lucky just to get a fight. It’s just what you’ve got to do,” Rose told The Gazette

“I felt fine in there. I grinded the win out and I won every round convincingly.

“At times I found it tough because it was the heaviest I’ve ever fought at, but when the slot came up early I couldn’t really afford to turn it down.

Blackpool boxer Brian Rose, pictured in Barcelona with trainer Bobby Rimmer, made a winning return to the ring in Spain earlier this month

“It was an opportunity that needed to be done just so I could go on to bigger and better fights, which is ideally what I want now.

“I’ve done so many 12-rounders, so I know how to pace myself over six rounds. I’m too experienced not to be able to get through six rounds and do it comfortably.

“I wasn’t as fit as I should have been, I knew that going into it, but a fight is a fight and it was good to get back in the rankings and now the big fights will come.”

While Rose’s next fight has yet to be announced, plans are being drawn up and the middleweight is hoping to be back out at the end of May.

“I’ve got a few weeks now and I’m coming off a win, so I’ll be more than ready for my next opponent,” Rose added.

“Anyone that knows me knows that I go into every fight wanting to win, always doing my best and preparing myself for the win.

“I don’t just take fights because of the money, I take fights because I really believe I’m going to win them.”

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