Boxing Expert & Columnist
Brian Rose needs a confidence boosting win to revive title dream, says Glenn McCrory
Former world title challenger has a point to prove
Last Updated: 13/02/15 11:03am
One of Britain's best light-middleweights is facing a crossroads clash and Glenn McCrory is hoping for an impressive response.
There really could be some mental scars on Brian Rose after the defeat by Demetrius Andrade.
It works in two ways. A bad loss like that can break you. It can break your spirit and your heart and you’re never quite the same. It leaves a mental scar or it makes you. I’ve seen several times that a defeat can make a fighter.
Look at Amir Khan, look at how he rebounded from losing to Breidis Prescott; he came on leaps and bounds. It can work either way.
After being in with someone like Andrade, Rose needs to be beating people like Carson Jones if he’s to stay at a decent level, certainly world level. He said he doesn’t want to fight for British titles and doesn’t want to go back to that - and I can understand that if he wants to aim for the top.
He’s a good fighter, but sometimes I think he doesn’t believe in himself or show that belief the way he should. That’s what we need to see.
The Andrade fight could have just been a learning experience. Rose is a very good fighter, there’s other ways and other fights to come back to if he can get past Jones. But he needs a good win, needs to impress, needs to look the business. It’s not just about getting the win - he needs to look good getting the win.
Rose does the basics very well and that’s always a big plus for me. He’s someone who has got a good jab, he’s got power when he needs it. What I want to see is him looking like he has a bit more confidence.
At times Brian seems to lack belief. He’s a good fighter, but sometimes I think he doesn’t believe in himself or show that belief the way he should. That’s what we need to see.
We need to see that the Andrade fight hasn’t taken him a step back. There’s nothing wrong with getting beat as long as you learn from that defeat.
Brian can be what he wants to be. In boxing, like anything, you set goals. It’s where you mentally make your level. He’s said what he wants is world level. He’s got to show that sort of belief against opponents like Jones - then he will be at world level.
Rose needs this win. He's in Blackpool, he wants to come back and make a bit of a statement - and I think he can do it. Jones does not get stopped very often, I think he knows enough to get through it. But I think Brian will come out a comprehensive winner on points.