Brian Rose has reached a major crossroads in his proud career after a devastating and highly controversial first round loss at the hands of Carson Jones at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The fight for the World Boxing Council international light-middleweight title was stopped to a storm of boos and an uncharacteristically angry reaction by Blackpool boxer Rose, who stormed out of the ring and did not wait for the formal announcement proclaiming Jones the new champion,
Referee Ian John-Lewis stepped in to halt the bout after two minutes, 27 seconds of the opening round after Rose, who had been well on top in the early exchanges, saw his senses scrambled by a stunning right to the head, followed by a dozen unanswered punches.
The majority view among professionals at ringside - and certainly the Rose supporters proudly waving their tangerine and white scarves - was that John-Lewis had been far too hasty.
He moved in to stop Rose from further needless punishment.
Rose, who suffered only the third defeat of his career, said of the referee’s stoppage: “It was a terrible decision - he didn’t give me a chance but I feel he gave Jones a chance.
“I buzzed him and I had him going worse than he had me
“I’m so annoyed at the referee’s decision, he stood in here 15 minutes before saying he’d give us both a chance if we were hurt.
“He didn’t give me a chance. I might have been hurt, I felt a buzz but I knew exactly where I was and I was about to start firing my shots back.
“That’s the way I fight, I cover up and let my opponents let their shots go. The referee should know that. I’m the sort of fighter who gets hit, covers up, and takes it on the gloves.”
Rose, who could face strictures from the British Boxing Board Of Control after his post-fight reaction, continued: “He was going to come with a barrage of punches, I know that’s what he was going to do, but I would have soaked them up and it would have been him in the long run losing all his energy. That’s how I fight, he’s an experienced referee, he should know that.
“I hold my hands up, I was hurt, but so was he. I don’t think it should have been stopped. He caught me, but Demetrius Andrade hit me 50 times like that.
“I demand a re-match. I want something done. I give him total respect - I hope he comes back over and gives me another chance.
“If I am going to fight again, I am going to fight Carson Jones - I have come back from worse than this and everyone knows I have a big heart.
“A lot of people can’t come back from defeat - I can and I have proved it before.”
On a frenized night of of boxing, there was a first-ever reverse for Rose’s stable-mate Jack Arnfield.
The Stalmine boxer made it to the semi-final of the Prizefighter series - also in contentious manner - going down in the last four to Cello Renda, of Peterborough.
Renda was beaten in the final by Tom Doran, of Connahs Key, who won on a knockout.
Doran pocketed the first prize of £32,000, plus a bonus of £2,000 for a KO.
Lytham’s Scott Cardle, the English lightweight champion, scored a 36-second knockout win over Bulgarian Yordan Vasiliev.