Brian’s crunch fight is open to bidders

British Light Middleweight title fight between Blackpool boxer Brian Rose and Max Maxwell, at the Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom.'Brian finds a way through the Maxwell defence.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-3-2012
British Light Middleweight title fight between Blackpool boxer Brian Rose and Max Maxwell, at the Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom.'Brian finds a way through the Maxwell defence. PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-3-2012
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THE historic British light middleweight title defence by Blackpool boxer Brian Rose, scheduled for September or October, will go to purse bids.

The winning offer to stage the contest between Rose and No.1 contender Sam Webb, the former champion, is set to be announced a week tomorrow.

It is a momentous fight for Rose in so many ways, for if he wins in his third defence of the title he will get to keep the coveted Lonsdale Belt outright and join a boxing elite.

Possible bidders for the eagerly-awaited contest are Box Nation, Frank Maloney and Eddie Hearn.

It was recently announced that Sky TV were ending their contract with Frank Maloney, who has promoted Rose’s British title fights.

However, Sky have expressed an interest in continuing to show Maloney boxer David Price, the British heavyweight champion, as he has the potential to be a huge draw.

If that is the case and Maloney wins the Rose fight, it could feature on the undercard of any Price defence, scheduled for some time in the autumn, possibly at Aintree racecourse.

In any event, Rose himself is confident that he will continue to get TV exposure.

Rose goes on holiday shortly but is already feeling guilt pangs because he thinks he should still be putting in the hard yards.

He said: “I know I said I needed a break after three hard camps, but I can’t stay away from training. I feel I am being lazy because I am going on holiday when I should be training.

“The good thing is that I am getting the chance to be with my son, Oscar. I take him away him away with me everywhere.

“All my title fights have gone the distance, but it wasn’t the fights themselves but the training which I found draining.”

Webb lost his British title to Prince Arron, who then lost the belt to Rose in December.

Rose has defended it twice since, against Max Maxwell and Kris Carslaw.