BLACKPOOL’S Brian Rose is hunting a World title clash with WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov following his showdown against Joachim Alcine on April 20 at the resort’s Winter Gardens
Rose meets the former World Boxing Association world champion in what he calls his first test at world level, and with the World Boxing Organisation Inter-Continental title on the line, the 28-year-old sees the fight as a huge chance to crash into world title reckoning, with the Russian Baysangurov on his radar.
Rose said: “We’ve been waiting for this moment for years.
“I’m back fighting on Sky TV and in a proper fight with big things on the horizon.
“Beating Alcine and landing that Inter-Continental belt puts me right in the picture for the big one with Baysangurov and that’s given me even more incentive to win well against Joachim.
“I’ve got dreams of being a world champion and I never thought I’d be in this position but I am ready for world level and I’ll prove that on April 20.”
Rose’s clash with Alcine tops the bill in Blackpool with Lee Selby’s first fight under Eddie Hearn providing the chief support, and Rose’s stable-mate Scott Cardle, of Lytham, boxing for his first title, taking on Maxi Hughes for the Central Area lightweight belt.
China Clarke defends his English cruiserweight belt against Blackpool’s Matty Askin, while Team GB stars Kal Yafai, Callum Smith and Olympic captain Thomas Stalker continue their exciting pro careers in an exciting line-up.
Tickets for Betfair’s ‘The New Life of Brian’ cost £40 unreserved, £80 Ringside and £150 VIP and are available through www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.
n KIRKHAM Amateur Boxing Club stage a show at the Great Birchwood Country Park in Warton tomorrow night.
Kirkham boxers Cameron Singer and Kyle Fuller both have tough bouts in preparation for the junior ABA’s in Manchester
A number of Blackpool Kingscote boxers are also set to appear on the show, with Scott Moran, Sam Webster and Jake Oldendrop all scheduled to box.
A mixture of Kirkham’s junior and senior boxers including Mike Wall, Toby Howarth, Simon Tottoh, Paul Atkinson, Arron Peat, Matt Brook and Tom Lowe will also be looking to impress
Doors open at 7pm - boxing commences at 8pm. Tickets are priced £12 on the door.