Brian Rose vs Carson Jones Preview Feb. 14th
There won’t be any pleasantries in the ring this St. Valentine’s Day as Brian Rose of Britain will be slugging it out with American junior middleweight Carson Jones at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool England. This 12 rounder is for the vacant WBC International Championship and can be seen in the UK on Sky Sports. Rose will be entering the ring with a record of 26-2-1 with 8 kos while Jones is 36-10-3 with 26 Kos to his name. A quick look at their records tells fans that Jones possesses quite a bit more power in his fists than hometown boxer.
The 29-year-old Rose is looking at this as a must-win fight and knows he’ll never become a world champion if he can’t beat journeymen fighters such as the 28-year-old Jones of Oklahoma. Rose has already had one shot at a world belt, but fell short when he was beaten by reigning champion Demetrius Andrade of America last year. The undefeated Andrade won by a seventh-round stoppage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in June
Rose admits that Andrade deserved the win, but feels he also performed under par that night. He believes the loss has actually motivated him more and he’s looking forward to meeting Jones. He certainly can’t underestimate his opponent since Jones has the power to stop a fight cold with just one or two punches. Rose bounced back from his loss against Andrade with a stoppage in the first round over Ignacio Lucero Fraga in October. It was just the eighth Ko of his pro career.
Rose knows Jones will prove to be a much tougher opponent and needs to stay away from his power, but makes sure he mixes things up and lands some shots of his own. Jones is used to fighting in England as he fought current IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook to a close majority-decision loss in 2012 and then dropped the rematch against him the next year as well, that time by an eighth-round stoppage. Both bouts took place in England.
Jones will be moving up in weight though and that could either slow him down a little or make him a more powerful puncher. Rose is hoping it’s going to be the former rather than the latter. This bout was scheduled for January and it was supposed to take place in Manchester, but the postponement shouldn’t really have much of an effect on them since it was just a few weeks difference.
Rose is a decent height at 6-feet tall while Jones is a couple of inches shorter. Theoretically, Rose will have the edge by fighting in front of his home fans, but Jones has shown before that he can fight anywhere. Jones has been stopped three times in his 10 defeats while both of Rose’s losses came by stoppage. Both boxers have fought decent opposition and Rose is a former British champion who has fought 200 rounds as a pro compared to 271 by Jones. Rose needs to make sure he boxes rather than slugging it out and if he can land enough to win his share of rounds on points should take the vacant belt.
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