Rose lands June date for world title bid

Rose fights for the title in June
Rose fights for the title in June
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Brian Rose will attempt to make Blackpool sporting history in the United States on June 14.

That is the date for his dream world boxing title challenge against reigning champion Demetrius Andrade, it has finally been confirmed.

However, the venue in the United States has yet to be announced and is unlikely to be finalised until next week

If the 29-year-old light-middleweight wins, he will become the first boxer from Blackpool ever to win a world title.

The match-up has now been finalised, much to the relief and joy of Rose, who is the number one contender for the World Boxing Organisation version of the light-middleweight title.

He has had a long time to wait for the fight with Andrade to be confirmed as he won an exciting final eliminator against Argentinian Javier Maciel as far as back as October to earn the right to challenge for the right to be king of the 11-stone weight division.

Three venues are in the frame - Madison Square Garden, New York, the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn or the Boardwalk centre in Atlantic City.

Rose is just happy to go wherever it is staged, though his preference is for Madison Square Garden.

Wherever he fights, Rose expects to take an army of avid supporters with him to cheer him on to victory against the American title-holder.

He said: “I am not going over there just to make up the numbers - I am going there to win.

“I have fought abroad before all over the world as an amateur - in countries like India, Denmark, Germany and France - but never in the United States.

“It would be special to box at Madison Square Garden because that is where my all-time boxing idol Oscar De La Hoya fought.”

Rose is such a big fan of De La Hoya that he named his son after the great fighter.

Rose says that the last concern on his mind is fighting away from home.

“I don’t think Andrade has a big fan base over there, so it is as if I am going into the lion’s den.

“I am hoping to have 200 fans from this country going over to support me - they will all be together at the venue so they will be making a lot of noise, which will be great for me.”

Rose, nicknamed The Lion. added: “Now that I know a definite date, I have something to aim for and prepare.”

The Blackpool champion says he does not intend to go over to the United States for his final preparation until a fortnight prior to the big date.

He said: “I have trained abroad before and it does not really suit me.

“I don’t like to be away from familiar surroundings.”

The long-awaited world title chance comes at the end of a long journey for Rose, who has progressed to the top, winning the Central Area title, the English belt, followed by the British championship and then into world class.

Prior to that he was an England amateur international.

And he has been guided there all the way by his coach and mentor Bobby Rimmer, who stated: “I said from the very first time that I saw Brian in the gym that he would fight for a world title - the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I first saw how good he was.

“I have been proved right and now I believe he can win the world title, but it won’t be easy.

“Andrade is a big, awkward, 6ft 2in southpaw, who has won the world amateur title, who has won all his 20 fights as a professional, but I believe that Brian will win.”

Rimmer too expects a big contingent of supporters to cross the Atlantic in June to cheer Rose on.

He said: “The Blackpool fans love Brian, and he loves Blackpool.

“After Brian lost the only fight of his career to Max Maxwell, the fans paid out £40,000 in tickets to watch him win the re-match at the Winter Gardens and that’s says it all about how much people in Blackpool think about him.”