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.
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