Brian Rose admits his career may be over if he loses to Carson Jones
Last Updated: 23/01/15 4:00pm
Brian Rose says his fight with Carson Jones is of such importance that he might quit the sport if he loses.
The Blackpool boxer will take on the American at the Winter Gardens in his home town on February 14 with the WBC International light-middleweight title on the line.
And Rose says victory is essential if he is to get another chance at a world title.
The 29-year-old was stopped in the seventh round when he challenged Demetrius Andrade for the WBO crown in June in New York but thinks he will do better if he can earn another title shot.
“Boxing only lasts so long,” said Rose. “I want to give it one more big push to win a world title, so February 14 is must-win.
“I won't step back down to British title level. No disrespect to the guys there, but I am finished with that level. So, if I get beaten at this stage then I am done, as I want to be a world champion.
“I have given myself a level to operate at, and that is world level. Losing to Carson Jones means it is not worth carrying on, as I am not going to stick around to get beaten.
“I am that confident though of beating him, going on to get a world title shot, and this time performing to my best.”
Rose’s clash with Jones tops a big night of action in Blackpool as eight middleweight contenders will also battle it out in the 35th edition of Prizefighter, five putting unbeaten records on the line.
The octet are Tom Doran, Mick Hall, Craig Cunningham (all 11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0), Blackpool’s own Jack Arnfield (17-0), Liam Conroy (7-2), Cello Renda (25-10-2) and Warren Tansey (10-1).
All the Winter Gardens action on February 14 will be live on Sky Sports.