VIDEO: Wounded Lion claws back

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose broke through the pain barrrier to win his bout at Bolton on Saturday.

He won his 10-round contest on points, beating Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev.

Brian Rose on his way to victory at Bolton

Brian Rose on his way to victory at Bolton

Rose prevailed by a margin of seven rounds, but he revealed afterwards that he nearly pulled out.

Rose suffered a back injury in training in the run-up to the contest.

And he suffered a recurrence during the bout, which affected his mobility.

Full report and reaction in Monday’s Gazette.