By Scott Gilfoid: Trainer Abel Sanchez sees his fighter junior middleweight Carson Jones (37-10-3, 27 KOs) beating Britain’s Brian Rose (26-3-1, 8 KOs) in their rematch tonight in Hull, UK. Sanchez sees the win as a mere formality for the 28-year-old Jones, who already blasted Rose out in one round earlier this year in February in the UK in front of a crowd of stunned Rose supporters.
Jones came into that fight the underdog, and he surprised a lot of boxing fans by stopping Rose after hurting him with a hard right hand to the side of his head. For tonight’s fight, Jones is the guy that many fans believe will win this fight, so the element of surprise is now gone for Jones. He wasn’t expected to do anything last time, but he sure shocked a lot of people by blasting Rose out. Now he’s going to look to do the same thing when he gets him inside the ring.
Sanchez says Jones will be looking to get a world title shot after he beats Rose. Whether that can happen or not is unclear. It’ll be a good thing for Jones if he can get that shot, but I’m not sure if it’ll happen this soon. Jones will likely need to beat some other fighters to get a world title shot. Beating a limited 2nd tier fighter like Rose probably won’t be enough to get a title shot.
“As rematches go this is natural for this one to happen in light of the controversy,” said Sanchez via worldboxingnews.net. “Fortunately for Carson he has spent eight weeks in camp with us this time and he looks fantastic – so I hope Rose has prepared well. Carson has rededicated himself back to the level he was when he first fought Kell Brook here. Rose is our focus but after we win that we will be aiming for a World title shot.”
The Jones-Rose 2 fight will be on the undercard of the Luke Campbell (11-0, 9 KOs) vs. Tommy Coyle (21-2, 10 KOs) fight in the main event. It’s not much of a fight though. Coyle, a fringe contender, can’t punch and he’ll have nothing to keep Campbell off of him. I see this as a mismatch of epic proportions. Look for Campbell to destroy Coyle within six rounds.
Also on the card is heavyweight Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) in action vs. Irineu Beato Costa Junior (17-4, 15 KOs), as well as former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs). Those are both mismatches in their respective fights. Burns is fighting some guy named Prince Ofotsu (15-4, 11 KOs). I’ve never heard of the guy before this fight. He’s not fought in two years and is coming off of a knockout loss. That kind of gives you a good indication why he was picked out to face Burns, doesn’t it?