Issue | Premium | Preview | Jul 27 2019

What will happen when Anthony Fowler and Brian Rose’s paths cross?

Two fighters at different stages of their careers prepare to collide, writes Paul Wheeler
Bobby Rimmer
Rose fights Fowler on Friday Dave Thompson/Matchroom

A 10-ROUND middleweight contest headlines at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool this Friday (August 2), as local Anthony Fowler, 9-1 (8), opposes Blackpool’s Brian Rose, 31-5-1 (8), live on Sky Sports Action (UK) and DAZN (US).

The fight was originally due to take place on the undercard of Lawrence Okolie’s British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title defence against Jack Massey in Manchester on July 6. However, an arm injury suffered by the challenger led the entire show to be scrapped just eight days prior to the event. The Fowler-Rose clash was subsequently postponed three weeks and shifted 35 miles west to Merseyside.

Initially, Fowler and Rose were not even assigned to meet, as Rose was scheduled to box Scott Fitzgerald on the Manchester card. Fowler only stepped in as a late replacement when Fitzgerald damaged his hand during sparring in June. Just over two months beforehand, Fowler had dropped a razor-thin split decision to Fitzgerald in their bitter battle of unbeatens at super-welterweight.