Rob Brant outpoints Louis Rose by razor-thin majority decision
PHOENIX, Ariz. – In a Showtime series featuring an emerging generation, it was supposed to be a fight for what’s next. Who’s next?
For Rob Brant and Louis Rose, that might as well mean each other at least one more time.
Brant prevailed Saturday bight, scoring a majority decision over Rose in a 10-round middleweight bout so close that it almost begged for a rematch after the 96-94, 95-95, 96-94 scores were announced.
“It’s not up to me,” said Brant (18-0, 11 KOs), a Saint Paul, Minn., middleweight who relied on his jab to remain unbeaten. “I’ll leave that up to my management.”
For Rose (13-3-1, 5 KOs), there were no second thoughts about what he wants next.
“Oh yeah, I’d love a rematch,” the once homeless Rose shouted from a corner his crowded dressing room at Celebrity Theatre after a narrow loss on ShoBox.
Left unanswered was whether Brant’s management would agree to a risk inherent in a second go-round with Rose, a talented athlete, yet with limited ring experience.
“He was tough and I thought he would be,” said Brant, a 2010 national Golden Gloves champion who amateur resumes includes about 120 bouts. “Everytime I hurt him, he came back on me.
“In the end, I think controlled the fight with my jab. It’s what I had to do to win.”
Rose, who has no amateur experience, showed great speed in eluding Brant’s punches, especially in the early rounds. Brant attempted to catch him with a big right repeatedly during first four rounds.
But each attempt missed as the elusive Rose danced away on quicker feet. Then, Rose would pursue Brant with aggression and energy, factors that kept him in contention on the judges’ cards.
On the televised undercard, unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell Miller (15-0-1, 13 KOs) lived up to the first half of his Big Baby nickname. He was way too big for Ahror Muralimov (14-2, 11 KOs) of Taskkent. The 280-pound Miller walked down Muralimov, stopping him out with an overhand right in the third round.