By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
BRIAN ROSE is so determined to get revenge over Carson Jones he would fight him for nothing.
The pair meet on the undercard of the Luke Campbell-Tommy Coyle bill in Hull tonight – and Rose is determined to put the record straight.
He suffered a controversial first-round loss to the American in front of his home fans in Blackpool in February.
After hurting Jones in the opening minute, Rose found himself on the end of a big right hook and even after taking further punishment he felt he could recover.
He had his hands up, defending the attack, when referee Ian John-Lewis waved the fight off with 30 seconds of the opening round remaining.
After immediately demanding a rematch, 30-year-old light-middleweight Rose finally gets his wish tonight, even though he is not earning as much money as expected.
He said: “Jones wanted a lot of money and I have had to take a big pay cut – but money is not a consideration, I would have taken it for nothing.
“I want to clear up what I should have done in the first fight and I have never been more determined in my life before a fight.
"Everybody said before the last fight that it was a mismatch and that I would beat Jones, but, of course, that didn’t happen.
“Now I aim to put matters right. He was lucky to get away with it last time, but there will be no chance of that this time around.
“You are going to get hurt in fights, it’s boxing, but to be stopped in the first round after the first time you have been hit was devastating.
“I was speechless. It shouldn’t have been stopped. He caught me and I felt a buzz but the ref didn’t give me a chance.
“The ref gave him a chance when I hurt him earlier in the round and had him going worse than he had me. I don’t get angry, I am a composed guy, but I was so annoyed at the decision.”
Jones, 28, is confident he will win again tonight to claim the 38th victory of his professional career.
The Oklahoma fighter said: “I know I will stop him again. He wasn’t a threat in the first fight and he won’t be in this one.
“He’s a decent fighter, but he won’t trouble me.
“Maybe the first fight could have carried on, but that’s not down to me, that’s the referee’s job and he did what he thought was right.
“My daughter punches harder than Rose does.
“He caught me and I was a little stunned, but not hurt. I always start slow.
“He doesn’t have big punching power, so he wasn’t going to be able to finish me off, but I knew I had to jump on him early when I hurt him, to catch him when he was wobbling.
“If it was stopped early, then it was stopped early for me, too, because I would have knocked his head off in the rest of the round.”