Blackpool favourite Brian Rose wins on return to the ring and immediately sets up next big fight
āThe Lionā then went face-to-face with Irishman Conrad Cummings post-fight as it was announced the pair would meet in Belfast on December 7 for the WBO European middleweight title.
Rose had been originally pencilled in to face Luke Keeler at York Hall in London seven days later but the Dubliner has picked up a back injury meaning a change of plan for the 33-year-old.
āItās a big fight for me,ā said the former British champion. āI was supposed to be fighting Luke Keeler and itās shame heās pulled out because it would have been a great fight. āBut I think this oneās going to be a great fight too. āItās a quick turnaround but I need to stay active now.
āItās no good me having another two months out of the ring because Iāll just go back to square one.ā
Rose admitted it was far from a vintage performance as he topped the bill in Manchester.
Warren had only won 11 of his previous 35 fights but played a big part in what turned into a toe-to-toe battle. After six hard rounds it was the Blackpool man who took the decision 58-57.
āI knew it wasnāt going to be plain sailing, Iāve had two years out of the ring,ā he said. āI had a good time. I got married, went on stag dos. Itās not as if Iāve had a good rest. āFor me this camp was about losing a lot of weight and getting fit.
āIāve not really had time to work on things. Iāve only just starting working with Robert, Bobby Rimmerās son and Iām getting used to him. āIām happy with the performance considering how long Iāve been out. āI canāt be too critical. It was about getting the job done and getting the win. āTo be honest, the plan was to establish the jab and move my feet and I didnāt do any of that! āNow I can go away and work on beating Conrad Cummings.ā
The Northern Irishman is six years Roseās junior at 27 and with a professional record of 15-2-1 has far less experience.
Their meeting at the Titanic Exhibition Centre next month will be live on YouTube channel IFL TV.