BLACKPOOL’S Brian Rose (31-5-1, 8 KOs) looked a done deal following a decision defeat to former gymmate Jack Arnfield in March 2017. The former British light-middleweight Champion had decided to chance his arm at middleweight yet was struggling for form having lost to Matthew Macklin by majority decision at 160lbs the year before. An eight-round points win over Stiliyan Kostov was sandwiched between the two defeats, but “The Lion” certainly wasn’t roaring and quietly retired.
Rose, though, felt he still had something to give so he returned in November of last year with a six-round decision win over Alistair Warren then followed it up with a victory over the same distance against James Hagenimana in April.
Ahead of his second comeback fight, the 34-year-old hooked back up with former trainer Bobby Rimmer. The two men had worked together since Rose’s second professional fight back in 2007 and their time together reached its peak when he unsuccessfully challenged WBO 154lbs holder Demetrius Andrade in June 2014, a seventh-round stoppage.