Blackpool boxer Brian Rose’s coach Bobby Rimmer has a vested interest in his next fight taking place in their home town.
Rimmer now lives in the resort, and although there is the prospect of Rose boxing on the Carl Frampton/Scott Quigg bill in February in Manchester, it would please the trainer just as much if it was the Winter Gardens.
He told The Gazette: “I love the place. It wouldn’t bother me if we were back there for a big fight. Now I live there, I don’t have to travel too far. It used to be the other way round – Manchester Arena was on my doorstep.”
Reflecting on Rose’s straightforward points win over Ruslans Pojonisevs at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, Rimmer said: “All in all, it was a good night. We are in a great position for the New Year.
“As his coach, the worst thing that could have happened was that his nose got more damage, so we are going to go through Christmas to the next fight without a cut. That gives it more time to heal.
“Brian used the fight to work on his defence, in contrast to the Carson Jones fight.
“He was all gung-ho against Jones. It’s good to have that in his armoury but this time he got back to his boxing. It was the old Brian Rose – boxing, jabbing, moving.
“The shoulder injury has come back in the last two weeks. He could still punch but not the variety of shots he would have liked.”