Brian Rose (boxer)

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Brian Rose
Brian 'The Lion' Rose & Bobby Rimmer.jpg
Nickname(s)The Lion
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Born (1985-02-15) 15 February 1985 (age 36)
Birmingham, England
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins by KO8

Brian Rose (born 15 February 1985) is a British professional boxer. He challenged once for the WBO light middleweight title in 2014. At regional level, he held the British light middleweight title from 2011 to 2012.

Amateur career[edit]

Rose began boxing aged 9 when Dad (Eddie) started him on the path of becoming a boxer due to his hyper activity. It was early on when Eddie was informed that his son was a bit of a natural and so it came to pass that his first amateur fight came just aged 11. He lost, but it didn't put him off and he went on to have 90 amateur fights winning 78 of them and boxing for England. Over 30 of these fights were in different places around the world, the most memorable being in New Delhi, India.

Rose became 6 time national champion, earned a bronze in the European cadet championships and loved every minute of the amateur boxing life and so he took the obvious but difficult decision to turn professional and concentrate full-time on being a boxer.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rose's professional debut came on 14 December 2005 with a victory over Geraint Harvey at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool. Another 14 bouts were fought and won (with the exception of 1 draw) before the moment in Brian's career that he describes as his 'lowest moment' whilst fighting for the Central Area Title. Having beaten Jason Rushton at the Bolton Arena in Bolton on 23 October 2009 to win the title, Rose was horrified to learn that Rushton had been rushed to hospital following his collapse in the dressing room after the 10th round stoppage. His opponent was placed in a drug induced coma whilst a bleed on the brain was repaired.[2] This had a detrimental effect on Rose's state of mind. In his next fight he was knocked to the canvas by Max Maxwell at the Leisure Centre Huddersfield. After Rose's only professional defeat to date, he fought Terry Carruthers at the Velodrome in Manchester before getting a shot at the vacant English Title.[3]

English Light Middleweight Title[edit]

Rose earned a shot at the English title when he fought Lee Noble at George Carnall Leisure Centre, Davyhulme, Manchester on 21 November 2010. He won by unanimous decision after 10 rounds of boxing and was faced with the prospect of defending the title, 6 months later, against the undefeated Martin Welsh at Medway Park Leisure Centre, Gillingham on 13 May 2011.[4] After another successful bout, this time a victory by TKO in the 8th round of the contest, Rose was given the opportunity of a shot at the British Title fighting Prince Arron.

British Light Middleweight Title[edit]

Rose fought Prince Arron on 3 December 2011 at Robin Park Centre, Wigan and was awarded a unanimous decision by a dominant points margin.[5] 31 March 2012 saw the first defence of the title and a long overdue return to home soil with the fight taking place at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The opponent the only man to have beaten 'the lion' Max Maxwell. Rose won a convincing unanimous points decision after 12 rounds.[6]

Next to take on 'the Lion' was Scot Kris Carslaw on 2 June 2012 at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester. Rose won what has been describes as a 'nip and tuck affair' although the Scot had been cut early in the fight in the 3rd round.[7] In his next fight, which was described as a bout to keep the champion 'ticking over' Brian beat the former World champion Vivian Harris again at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool by way of 3rd-round knockout.[8]

The 3rd defence of Rose's title came against former champion and mandatory challenger Sam Webb on 14 December 2012 again back on home soil at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. This was to be a spicy bout after Webb had accused the champion of evading him after a previous date had fallen through and Rose had fought Vivian Harris instead. On being accused by Webb as being 'a bottler' Rose responded, "I'm not a bottler, I'll fight anyone, I want the belt outright so fighting Sam Webb is perfect for me. I'd beat Sam 9 times out of 10 so why wouldn't I want that fight? ... he need to take his frustration out on promoters not me."[9] The champion won with a unanimous decision having provided the challenger with what was described as 'more eye catching work' an such retained the Lonsdale Belt.[10]

WBO Intercontinental Title[edit]

After joining Eddie Hearn at Matchroom, Rose fought for the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt against faded former World Champion in Joachim Alcine. The bout was won by TKO in the final round and provided Rose with the 7th KO of his career. Although it was largely meaningless yet propelled him to 4th in the WBO rankings and applied pressure on the then-champion to give Rose a shot at the title.[citation needed]

Brian Rose beating Joachim Alcine for the WBO Intercontinental title.

Rose defeated Alexey Ribchev by unanimous decision at Bolton Arena Bolton on 29 June 2013.[11]

WBO title fight[edit]

Rose faced the 5th ranked WBO contender, Argentine, Javier Maciel, in a world title eliminator at Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield on the undercard of Kell Brook v. Vyacheslav Senchenko. Rose won by split decision with scores of 117-111, 116-113, and 113-115. This win places Rose as the mandatory challenger for the winner of the light middleweight title fight between Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade.[12] Brian Rose was dominated and knocked out by Demetrius Andrade in brooklyn New York at the Barclays center on 14 June 2014.

On 14 June, 2014, fought Demetrius Andrade for the WBO light middleweight title. Andrade was in control for most of the fight, dropping Rose once in the opening round, and once more in the third round, before forcing a stoppage by the referee in round seven.[13]

On 9 April, Rose fought Matthew Macklin. The first part of the fight belonged to Macklin, while Rose upped his worked rate in the second half of the fight. That would end up not being enough, as the judges scored the fight 115-111, 115-111 and 113-113 in favor of Macklin.[14]

On 2 August, 2019, Rose battled Anthony Fowler to a unanimous decision loss. Rose put up a good fight, showing he still has a lot left in the tank, but obviously well past his prime fighting years.[15]

Personal details[edit]

Born in Birmingham in 1985, Rose moved to Blackpool at the age of 8 and began boxing aged 9. He is a father of 2 and partner to Danielle. He is cousin to former Manchester City and Everton defender Joleon Lescott.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
38 fights 31 wins 6 losses
By knockout 8 3
By decision 23 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
38 Loss 31-6-1 United Kingdom Anthony Fowler UD 10 2 Aug 2019 United Kingdom Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, England For vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
37 Win 31-5-1 Belgium James Hagenimana PTS 6 19 Apr 2019 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England
36 Win 30-5-1 United Kingdom Alistair Warren PTS 6 9 Nov 2018 United Kingdom Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, England
35 Loss 29-5-1 United Kingdom Jack Arnfield UD 12 25 Mar 2017 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For WBA International middleweight title
34 Win 29-4-1 Bulgaria Stiliyan Kostov PTS 8 22 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
33 Loss 28-4-1 United Kingdom Matthew Macklin MD 12 9 Apr 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England For vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title
32 Win 28-3-1 Latvia Ruslans Pojonisevs PTS 8 21 Nov 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
31 Win 27-3-1 United States Carson Jones UD 12 01 Aug 2015 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, England
30 Loss 26-3-1 United States Carson Jones TKO 1 (12), 2:27 14 Feb 2015 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England For vacant WBC International light middleweight title
29 Win 26-2-1 Argentina Ignacio Lucero Fraga TKO 1 (8), 2:58 04 Oct 2014 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
28 Loss 25-2-1 United States Demetrius Andrade TKO 7 (12), 1:19 14 Jun 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBO light middleweight title
27 Win 25-1-1 Argentina Javier Maciel SD 12 26 Oct 2013 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
26 Win 24-1-1 Bulgaria Alexey Ribchev PTS 10 29 Jun 2013 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
25 Win 23-1-1 Haiti Joachim Alcine TKO 12 (12), 0:59 20 Apr 2013 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title
24 Win 22-1-1 United Kingdom Sam Webb UD 12 14 Dec 2012 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England Retained British light middleweight title
23 Win 21-1-1 Guyana Vivian Harris KO 3 (10), 1:48 05 Oct 2010 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England
22 Win 20-1-1 United Kingdom Kris Carslaw UD 12 02 Jun 2012 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England Retained British light middleweight title
21 Win 19-1-1 United Kingdom Max Maxwell UD 12 31 Mar 2012 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England Retained British light middleweight title
20 Win 18-1-1 United Kingdom Prince Arron SD 12 03 Dec 2011 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England Won British light middleweight title
19 Win 17-1-1 United Kingdom Martin Welsh TKO 8 (10), 0:53 13 May 2011 United Kingdom Medway Park Leisure Centre, Gillingham, England Retained English light middleweight title
18 Win 16-1-1 United Kingdom Lee Noble UD 10 21 Nov 2010 United Kingdom George Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester, England Won vacant English light middleweight title
17 Win 15-1-1 United Kingdom Terry Carruthers PTS 6 17 Sep 2010 United Kingdom Velodrome, Manchester, England
16 Loss 14-1-1 United Kingdom Max Maxwell TKO 6 (8), 0:44 28 May 2010 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, England
15 Win 14-0-1 United Kingdom Jason Rushton TKO 10 (10), 2:59 23 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Won vacant British Central Area light middleweight title
14 Win 13-0-1 France Francis Tchoffo PTS 8 10 Jul 2009 United Kingdom Seaburn Centre, Sunderland, England
13 Win 12-0-1 United Kingdom Matt Scriven PTS 4 2 May 2009 United Kingdom Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, England
12 Win 11-0-1 United Kingdom Jon Harrison TKO 2 (6), 0:27 24 Jan 2009 United Kingdom Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
11 Win 10-0-1 United Kingdom Geraint Harvey PTS 4 12 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England
10 Win 9-0-1 Belgium Kobe Vandekerkhove PTS 6 15 Jun 2008 United Kingdom Sutton Sports Centre, St Helens, England
9 Win 8-0-1 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 4 26 Apr 2008 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
8 Draw 7-0-1 United Kingdom Manoocha Salari PTS 6 16 Feb 2008 United Kingdom Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
7 Win 7-0 United Kingdom Shaun Farmer TKO 3 (6), 2:56 08 Dec 2007 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
6 Win 6-0 United Kingdom Lee Noble PTS 4 22 Sep 2007 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
5 Win 5-0 United Kingdom Justin Barnes TKO 2 (6), 1:16 24 Jun 2007 United Kingdom Robin Park Centre, Wigan, England
4 Win 4-0 United Kingdom Tony Randell PTS 6 31 May 2007 United Kingdom Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England
3 Win 3-0 United Kingdom David Kirk PTS 6 6 May 2007 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Altrincham, England
2 Win 2-0 United Kingdom Ernie Smith PTS 6 25 Feb 2007 United Kingdom George Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester, England
1 Win 1-0 United Kingdom Geraint Harvey PTS 6 14 Dec 2005 United Kingdom Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, England

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "An Interview with Brian Rose". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. ^ Rushton in a Coma after Brian Rose TKO Loss
  3. ^ BBBofC English
  4. ^ BBBofC English Title facts
  5. ^ Rose v Prince Arron
  6. ^ Rose Dominates and Avenges Max Maxwell Defeat
  7. ^ Brian Rose v Kris Carslaw Aftermath
  8. ^ Brian Rose Pickles Vivian Harris
  9. ^ Brian Rose Steaming, Outraged Over Sam Webb's Claims
  10. ^ Rose won the Lonsdale Belt outright when he beat Sam Webb in Blackpool
  11. ^ Fight Report from Boxing Scene
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Demetrius Andrade Batters Brian Rose In Seven Rounds". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Matthew Macklin Edges Brian Rose Over Twelve Rounds". Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  15. ^ Christ, Scott (2 August 2019). "Anthony Fowler bounces back with win over Brian Rose". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 3 July 2020.