Brian Rose edged a split decision against Argentinian Javier Maciel, in the WBO Light-Middleweight title eliminator in Sheffield.
Rose used his jab to effect to keep Maciel at bay and out of range. The two fighters had different styles, with Maciel being the more aggressive fighter, throwing more punches, however with many not landing. Rose was the more efficient fighter who landed the more accurate and cleaner punches, and was awarded 117-111 and 116-113 on two of the three score cards.
Maciel's aggression allowed him to catch Rose with some venomous shots, and that made Rose tighten his guard and lean on his back foot to avoid absorbing any punishment.
By the fourth round, the fight was becoming more 'end-to-end' as the two fighters went toe-to-toe, with Maciel clipping the head of Rose back with a malicious uppercut. Rose showed his true fighting spirit to absorb the punishment and comeback with accurate attacks landing to keep him in the fight.
Maciel continued his aggression in the next round, proving his punching power as a nasty cut opened on the bridge of Rose's nose.
By the eighth round Rose took the Argentinian's best shots, and Maciel started to fatigue. Rose took advantage of this and was the aggressor in round nine again picking his shots well.
Round 11 was an entertaining three minutes as Maciel again hurt Rose with a bombard of attacks, however Rose was stubborn and again continued to find openings and pick off his man.
This fight proved that accuracy over aggression was the key to victory, as Rose has a shot at the WBO crown and will fight the winner of Vanes Martirosyan and Dmetrius Andrade, who go head-to-head for the vacant title next month in Texas.
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