@Brian_Lion_Rose: “Must win against Jones”


Brian Rose says his clash with Carson Jones on February 14 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool live on Sky Sports is a must-win contest if he wants to fulfil his World champion ambitions.

Rose meets the American for the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title but the Blackpool ace says there is more on the line than just the belt as he aims to get back into range of another World title shot.

The 29 year old challenged Demetrius Andrade for the WBO crown in June in New York, and was stopped by the Rhode Island star in the seventh round. Rose admitted he froze on the big stage, but with that experience in his locker, he believes he can make a second chance count – providing he gets past Jones.

“Boxing only lasts so long, I want to give it one more big push to win a World title so February 14 is must win,” said Rose. “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 and 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 contenders battle it out in the 35th edition of Prizefighter, with the Middleweights line-up featuring five fighters putting their ‘0’ on the line in Tom Doran, Mick Hall, Craig Cunningham (all 11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0) and Blackpool’s own Jack Arnfield (17-0). They are joined by Cumbria’s Liam Conroy (7-2), Peterborough’s ‘Dangerous’ Cello Renda (25-10-2) and Warren Tansey (10-1).

Only £40 tickets remain available to buy at www.MatchroomBoxing.com.


Meet @irishlightning2 previously trained by Freddie Roach & sparred Manny Pacquiao


Elite Boxing:

Dean – great to meet you firstly down here. For people who don’t know you how would you describe yourself and your career so far?


Dean Byrne:

I’m a mad Irishman!

No I’d describe myself as a globe-trotter. I’ve been over in Australia, won a couple of titles in my first fights as a professional and went on from there. I then went to America and worked with the best trainer in the world Freddie Roach, he managed me, trained me and I sparred with Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz.

I’ve comeback to the UK as my son Deano was born and I couldn’t do the long distance thing. I missed him too much.

I made my pro debut in Australia – I won Australian Light-Welter title and a couple of minor titles before that. Then I went to America and went 6-0, Freddie Roach seen me & had me spar a couple of his guys then said to me; “We’ll keep you here.”

I had 6 fights out there undefeated, it was a great learning experience – been in and mixed it with the best. I could have got a lot more fights but it’s the luck of the draw. I came back to England, I was 15-0 and I signed with Frank Warren – I learnt the business more and unfortunately had a couple of losses – it was up and down really.

I was in & out of the ring when I signed with Frank – I was fighting once a year. I took a fight at 24 hrs notice and had my first defeat after losing too much weight. My career has never really got going really.

I took a fight in 2012 after two weeks back in the gym against Carson Jones – we all know he gave Kell Brook one of his toughest fights of his career and I got a draw with him. That fight I took at 3 days notice and done that.



So it no doubt made you wonder what you could achieve with a solid training camp and preparation?



Exactly. Everyone saw the fight and the stats proved that I won (against Jones) but that’s boxing. You take the good with the bad. I’ve never had the good unfortunately!

I’m living and learning – I’ve got the boxing bug back and as you’ve seen me this week I’ve been running hills and doing circuits with Peter Sims. It was really hard but I’m determined to get fit and train with this great bunch of lads here.



As a youngster growing up who was your idol?



I used to love Prince Naseem and imitate him. I’d put my hands down, have the tassels on my shorts and give it the biggun. Steve Collins was a warrior and World Champion himself and I used to look up to him growing up.

Today it’s Floyd Mayweather – everyone loves how skillful he is. Of course Pacquiao is someone I admire as I’ve seen his work ethic and how hard he’s driven and how hard he trains. I picked up so much from him.

I’m just looking forward to this year, I’ve got the boxing bug and you’ve got it yourself Paul with your writing and you’re not even training!

It doesn’t matter how you get it – you are just drawn to it.

I was running Christmas day and I have all the experience I just need the regular activity this year.

I haven’t fought for eight months so I need to spar first as the ring time is important. I think a couple of weeks but Peter will tell me.



Dean thanks for your time, best of luck on the comeback trail and I’m looking forward to seeing you in the ring.



Cheers mate – I think that’s the longest interview I’ve ever done! Enjoyed it.






Frampton KO sets up Title tilt… Brook = pressure is on… By Paul Ready



Had a Weston Super (Mare) this morning. Went to take the recycling out to my sexy new blue bin. Full to the brim with cardboard, plastic and anything else under the sun that is recyclable.

Only to realise that alas, the new blue bin won’t be collected until the 12th November!


Trip to the tip at the weekend is on the cards.

Coupled with my missus’ car having a flat battery, nearly drowning in the rain, the gods weren’t on my side this morning.

Where was my scuba diving outfit when I needed it?!


Guess this film and I’ll send you a prize… probably a box out of my bin… I’ll even sign it if you’re lucky…

So to last weekend…

We had the return of The Jackal. Carl Frampton stopped Jeremy Parodi in 6 rounds in Belfast.

Frampton, has had rave reviews on his performance, but lets not get carried away, Parodi was the perfect opponent for a “comeback” match. A guy who sports 9 KO’s from 35 wins, he has only ever left France on holiday.

Most importantly, he got the stoppage, looked good doing it and we even had a fantastic Irish jig from Barry McGuigan, Michael Flatley eat your heart out.

I exchanged a few tweets with Daryl Richards who is the Strength coach at McGuigan’s gym, he told me they have one eye on Martinez v Mathebula match in December initially. I was quizzing him on Frampton v Quigg. They know the best route for Carl. Win a title, make the Quigg match a unification bout, it puts you in a much stronger position round the negotiating table. A wise, and logical move.

Quigg’s camp are said to be in discussions with Martinez for a unification fight, so they will have to get their skates on and get something agreed.


Throwing bombs…

Frampton is due to get married soon, and take a honeymoon so he can fully enjoy his time off with his wife, then get back to business in the new year.

Probably another reason why they picked Parodi and his cotton wool hands, meant there was no chance of Mrs Frampton giving Carl a slap for having a bruised and battered face for the wedding photos!

Moving on to this coming weekend, we have a solid card at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

Callum Smith faces Ruben Eduardo Acosta in his 9th fight at Super Middle. Brian Rose in a WBO Light-Middle eliminator, Anthony Joshua’s 2nd outing against Paul Butlin and headlined by Kell Brook v Vyasheslav Senchenko.

For Brook, we forever have the discussion of a “defining fight, big performance”. It is becoming somewhat tiresome.

Yes he’s been unfortunate with injury, missing out against Devon Alexander for his mandatory IBF title shot. Which he still has by the way, should he win this Saturday. Brook then proceeded to scrap past Carson Jones in their 2nd fight. A fight which he had in the bag in the 1st few rounds, he should have tucked him in bed, but he allowed Jones to wake up and stay up that little later.

Against better opposition you will get found out and punished at the highest level. Senchenko who Hatton took the distance pretty much, after a 3 yr absence, should be stopped by Brook inside 5. No excuses.


I want to get behind Brook, I rate him. He could be very good. But he could equally disappear in to the October fog and be forgotten.

High pressure on him coming from the Steel City, a renowned fighting hub in this country. Home of Prince Naz one of my favourite British boxers of all time. There is a huge expectation on him every time he steps in the ring.

From his promoter, from the fans.

Does he believe in himself?

Is he dedicated to the sport enough to reach the upper echelons?

I’ve heard he likes a night out and his food, Brook needs to reign that in.

Danny Garcia doesn’t drink. He goes to clubs to just pick up girls.

Both similar ages. One is World Champion, the other isn’t. Who would you rather be?

That’s the benchmark, the standard you have to set if you want to be an elite athlete.

I hope he does it, starting on Saturday night. I really do.

Big KO, batter Senchenko in front of Hatton, who I’ve told will be ringside. Give him a wink to say “that’s for you mate”.

If he scrapes to a narrow split decision then he is destined to chug along as a good European fighter, who had a title shot and got found out.

Prove me wrong Kell! It’s over to you….

That’s all from me tonight.

I’m off to go flat pack those boxes…

I reckon I can get another in that bin