BLACKPOOL'S BRIAN ROSE IN MUST-WIN FIGHT THIS SATURDAY
Press Release: Brian Rose admits his career is on the line in the battle of Blackpool (England) – but says he’ll prove against Jack Arnfield that he can still win major honors as they clash at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. Rose (29-4-1) and Arnfield (23-2) are former gym-mates who will battle at middleweight. Arnfield has won four straight, including a big domestic win over John Ryder last September. Rose, best known for losing a 2014 junior middleweight title fight to Demetrius Andrade knows it now or never for him at age 32. He lost to Matthew Macklin in his first big fight at Mmiddleweight last April, but he believes he’s now grown into the 160-pound division.
“There is more pressure on me because I have a lot more to lose,” said Rose. “My career is on the line, Jack’s isn’t – Jack will come again. It is quite easy for somebody young and up and coming to take a fight against somebody with a lot of experience who has done so much. For me, I have to think about my future.
“When I win it gets me higher up in the rankings. He is coming off the back of three good wins so it was probably a bit disrespectful of me to say beating Jack doesn’t take me anywhere, because beating him does put me in good stead.
“I don’t think Jack would have ever dreamed of beating me two years ago – that isn’t me being disrespectful, just honest. This is a second coming for me.
“I feel better than when I had the World title fight, and that is the truth. For the Macklin fight I hadn’t had enough time to grow into the weight but this time I feel big around the arms, I feel a lot stronger, I am pushing people about in sparring and hurting people in sparring.
“I can only go off what I have done in training and since the Macklin fight a lot has changed. You will see a new Brian Rose with a different approach. People see me as a technical fighter but I am bringing something else tonight and I hope Jack is ready for it.”
Rose and Arnfield clash on a big night of action in Manchester as Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla meet in a WBA lightweight title rematch following their first encounter in September (won by Linares).
Martin J. Ward defends his British super featherweight title against Maxi Hughes in their third clash in the paid ranks, Ireland women's star Katie Taylor fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks, Marcus Morrison battles Jason Welborn at middleweight, while his gym-mate Hosea Burton looks to bounce back into title contention from his loss to Frank Buglioni.
Amateur standouts Lawrence Okolie and Sean McGoldrick make their pro debuts while there’s also action for Tomi Tatham, Ben Sheedy and Nathan Wheatley.
Tickets are on sale and available from www.manchesterarena.com.