Rose faces new foe on ring comeback

Rose (left) back in action
Rose (left) back in action
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Brian Rose will have a change of opponent when he returns to the ring at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday night.

The Blackpool boxer will now meet experienced South American Ignacio Fraga after his scheduled opponent, another Argentinian Juan Manuel Bonanni, pulled out.

Another fighter was in the frame after Bonanni’s withdrawal, but that fell through too, and Fraga is effectively third choice.

The 31-year-old has won 11 of his contests, losing seven and drawing three, but he has a reputation for being durable.

Most of Braga’s fights have been in South America

He has fought for a version of a ‘world’ title, the barely regarded World Boxing Foundation version of the world light-middleweight crown – he was knocked out in a round against Jozsef Matolcsi at Motherwell back in 2007.

Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer said: “It is important because it is Brian’s first fight back in the ring since he lost to Demetrius Andrade for the world title in Brooklyn, and it is an important fight because we want to get back to winning ways.

“It’s been a hectic three days with the change of opponent for Brian.

“After Bonnani pulled out, we had a fight against another South American lined up, but he didn’t take it either.

“Fraga had beaten that kid, so Brian is taking on the better of the two prospective opponents.”

Rimmer says that Team Rose has been there before, namely returning to the ring after a loss, so it is nothing new confronting them on Saturday night. Rose’s only previous defeat had been a devastating knockout by Max Maxwell (later avenged by the Blackpool fighter when the British title was at stake)

Rimmer said: “It is time for Brian to go forward again.

“If anyone had said straight after losing to Maxwell that Brian would be fighting for a world title and being second top of the bill in the United States, then no-one would have believed us.”

Rose v Ignacio will be at middleweight with the match made at 11st 2lb over eight rounds.