Rose ready to make boxing history

Blackpool boxer Brian Rose
Blackpool boxer Brian Rose
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BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose is being tipped to carve his own niche in fight history at the Winter Gardens tomorrow night.

Rose steps into the ring in the resort to take on Sam Webb for the British light-middleweight title,

A win would ensure that Rose kept permanent possession of the Lonsdale Belt, a feat last achieved by a Blackpool fighter 61 years ago, when Ronnie Clayton retained the British featherweight crown on the back of three successful defences.

And Jamie Moore, a past holder of the title Rose now holds, is backing Rose to complete the job.

Moore, now retired and working as a TV pundit, said: “The improvement in Brian over the last 18 months is nothing short of unbelievable.

“It has all the makings of a great fight because on one side you have the classic boxer and on the other the come-forward fighter.

“As long as his training has gone well, which I am told it has, I can see Brian winning, but Webb will make it tough and go out on his shield.

“I can see Brian eventually breaking Webb down and forcing a late stoppage, maybe around round 10.”

Moore, who enjoyed a lengthy reign as light-middleweight king as well as taking the Commonwealth title, added: “I have always been a supporter of Brian’s since the days when we sparred together. I even travelled to Portugal with him to train when I was thinking of making a comeback.

“Brian is more than capable of winning and looking good doing it, and it could not happen to a better man.

“Brian has now established himself as the best in the light-middleweight division and he can go on to better things.”

Tomorow’s fight will be shown live on TV after all.

It is to be screened on the new Loaded satellite network, Sky channel 200.