10th December 2012
Fight fans are being urged to sit tight in their seats,
batten down the hatches and prepare for an absolute barnstormer at the
Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14, when Brian Rose (left) defends his British
light-middleweight title in a grudge match against Sam Webb on VIP Promotions’
‘Fighting for Keeps’ card.
Local man Rose, 27, with the added incentive of winning the
Lonsdale Belt outright if he defeats Webb, knows the Londoner represents a tough
With just two defeats in 20 bouts, Sam is a former British
champion who enters the contest on the back of a good win over Manchester
puncher Matthew Hall. The 31-year-old
also brings a well-earned reputation as a man who can both box and fight,
evidenced by his thrilling 2011 war with Prince Arron, when he battled through a
perforated ear drum before yielding his domestic crown in the final round.
Rose and Webb used to get on but boxing politics, and some
bitter exchanges between the pair, have since soured their relationship. ‘The Lion’, then, would like nothing better
than to make the third successful defence of his Lonsdale Belt against Webb
and, although he is envisaging his toughest career test, is still confident of
producing a knockout performance for the home crowd.
“On paper it’s
a 50-50 fight,” stated Brian, who picked up the sixth early finish of his 23
fight career when he crushed former world champion Vivian Harris in three
rounds in October.
“He’s been there and done it and I’ve got a lot of respect
for Sam Webb in terms of what he’s done in the sport and the kind of fighter he
is, but I haven’t got a lot of respect for the way he’s spoken about me and the
opponents I’ve faced.
“It should be one of the fights of the year; it’s going to
be cracking. It’s definitely my toughest
fight, and the pressure of defending my title in Blackpool, and it’s for keeps
this time, adds to it.
He’s got the best
record I’ve ever been in with, and he’s been there and done it.
“I’m punching harder though.
I know for a fact I’ve been hurting sparring partners, and I know I’m
going to hurt Sam Webb at some point, and when I do I’m going to jump on him
and stop him.
“This should be a televised bill; it’s daft that it’s not on
TV. It’s a great undercard, so anyone
that hasn’t got a ticket don’t miss out because you won’t get it on
telly. Get out of the house and come and
watch a really good night of boxing.”
“I really believe this could be one of those fights we’ll
talk about for years to come,” said promoter Steve Wood.
“British boxing has just witnessed a fantastic contest
between Anthony Crolla and Kieran Farrell, in which Kieran has thankfully come
out OK, and I think this fight could be even better.
“Both are technically very good, neither has one punch
knockout power, we know Sam can get drawn into a scrap, and there’s needle
between them, so all the ingredients are there for a potential fight of the
year. This is a fight not to be missed,
and I’m proud of the show we’re putting on.”
Please note: The public weigh-in for the
show will be held at 2pm on Thursday December 13 at the Winter Gardens, with a
following press conference to be held at Blackpool’s G Casino at 4pm.
for Keeps’ will be at the
Blackpool Winter Gardens on Friday December 14.
Headlining will be hometown fighter Brian
Rose defending his British
light-middleweight title against Londoner Sam
Webb. The quality undercard includes
Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield; Manchester’s
Terry Flannigan; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton;
Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s
Scott Moonan; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Chorley’s Jack Caterall, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.
(Balcony) and £80 (Ringside) are available from all boxers (balcony seats from the venue only), from
Ticket Master, or at www.vipbe.co.uk