Rose wins on points in Manchester landslide

Rose - easy winner on points
Rose - easy winner on points
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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose beat durable Latvian Rusland Pojonisevs, winning ever round at the Manchester Arena - but bigger, more exciting challenges that this await in the New Year.

If the Carson Jones win in the summer in Hull represented the storm, this was very much the calm, though not for Rose's opponent, who had eight rounds of a ramrod left jab poked constantly in his face.

The first round set the predictable tone., Rose, who has moved up to middleweight, peppered his rival with straight shots to the head.

The Latvian's face grew ever more crimson by each one-sided round and though Pojonisevs was never in danger of being stopped, he was never in danger of winning a round either.

Fleetwood referee Steve Gray officiated and he scored it 80-72, which meant Rose took each of the eight rounds.

On the odd occasion that the Latvian threw a punch, they usually missed or found Rose's gloves, but these assaults, if you can call them that, were rare indeed.

It was job clinically enough done by Rose, who was thankful afterwards for the work-out.

The fight took place in a near-deserted Manchester Arena, which only filled up when the big fights electrified the atmosphere and drew in the punters later on.

The chief source of relief for Rose that his nose, which has been damaged over the past 12 months, held up and was not sliced open, as it had been in sparring for this contest.

Rose said afterwards that he had been suffered from a damaged shoulder, which explained the fact that he was not making full impact all the time.

He said: "It is what it is. It was supposed to be a tick-over fight and that's what I used it has.

"I have had a shoulder injury, but I knew I could get through it with the right opponent.

"That's what Saturday night was all about.

"It's the joint in my shoulder - I had trouble with it three weeks before the Carson Jones fight.

"I thought I would have got it fixed by now, but it's boxing. If you don't fight you don't get paid - I have got bills to pay like everyone else."

Rose continued: "I didn't need to fight before Christmas, but I needed to keep the rhythm going after the Jones fight and keep my foot in and that's what Saturday night was about.

"I could have pushed it and maybe pushed for a stoppage.

"I don't think I hurt him at any point, but I didn't need to.

"(Trainer) Bobby (Rimmer) had a go at me in the second round just to tell me to push on, but I had it under control and I knew what I was doing.

"Everyone says I can win fights just on my jab and that's what I did."

Rose said the shoulder injury was always preying on his mind.

"I was going to throw a left hook but I was a bit hesitant with it.

"I couldn't risk making it worse."

Asked about performing with a distinct lack of atmosphere, Rose said it had been a culture shock.

"I am used to big crowds now.

"Without sounding big-headed. I am used to having Sky cameras around me, lots of interviews before a fight and a full arena.

"To be honest it is very hard to get up for a fight like that when it's against an average opponent and there is nobody in the arena, apart from my fans, which is all I need.

"But it is very hard to get up for a fight when there is no-one there."

Rose spoke of his relief that there was no further damage to his nose.

"I was sparring two weeks ago and my nose split open again, just a little nick, so it was all about not getting cut.

"It might have made the difference between boxing at the start of next year or the middle of next year.

"It is important for me to keep busy especially now that I am 30."

All the Latvian had to offer were crude lunges in a vain attempt to pick Rose off.

The Blackpool boxer said: "He was just trying to get lucky, which I knew about anyway.

"It was a cautious performance, but I used it as practice.

"I am looking to fight on the Scott Quigg/Carl Frampton bill, if not I am sure (promoter) Eddie Hearn will have a big fight for me.

"I have asked for big fights and I am sure he will get me one.

"I went into the fight knowing that as soon as I got hit on that my nose would come open, so it was all about not getting hit and that's what I did.

"To stop someone, really you have got to put your head in, but I wasn't going to take that risk.

"There was no shame going the distance with Pojonisevs."