Resort to stage Rose title fight

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BLACKPOOL can look forward to another Brian Rose fight night on December 14 – and this time his British title will be on the line.

The lightmiddleweight champion and his promoter Steve Wood confirmed yesterday that Rose’s eagerly-awaited defence against no.1 challenger Sam Webb will take place in his home town on that date.

The venue will again be the Winter Gardens, scene of Rose’s knockout victory over Vivian Harris last Friday.

Wood told The Gazette last night: “We’ve won the purse bids and the Webb fight will be in Blackpool.

“It’s a huge occasion because another success-

ful defence will see Brian keep his Lonsdale Belt outright and we want his home fans to see him do it.”

There has been no little ill feeling between the 27-year-old and Londoner Webb, and Rose is relishing the opportunity to settle their differences in the ring.

He told The Gazette: “Webb didn’t want to fight me in Manchester, so I’m sure he wouldn’t have wanted to fight me in Blackpool ... but now he has got no choice.

“It’s the fight everyone is looking forward to seeing and I’m so pleased that it’s taking place here.”

Last Friday’s Blackpool bonanza featured the big names in Fylde coast boxing and Wood hopes to stage a similar spectacular in December.

He added: “I’ll have to speak to Eddie Hearn about the availability of Scott Cardle and we’ll talk to other local fighters, but there will be an eight-fight undercard.”