Boxer Brian Rose is pressing for his next fight to be in Blackpool as a thank-you to his many fans.
The Rose family have been overwhelmed and gratified by the public response to Rose’s brave world title bid.
The 29-year-old came up short against a dominant Demetrius Andrade in Saturday’s WBO light-middleweight showdown in Brooklyn, New York, but his exploits earned him nothing but praise.
Brian’s father Eddie Rose said: “People have been stopping the family in the street and putting letters of support through our letterboxes.
“As a family we just want to thank everybody who has backed Brian, not just the people who took the trouble to pay to watch him in the United States but the support of the people back home.”
As to the fight itself, Eddie paid tribute to Andrade’s skill: “I have seen Brian box all over the place but I’ve never seen an opponent as good as Andrade. It was almost as if he had three hands!”
Brian himself is still in the United States and is due to fly home tomorrow before taking a family holiday. Trainer Bobby Rimmer is ruling out a return to the domestic level for his fighter but he hopes Rose will earn another shot at a world crown, though not against an opponent of Andrade’s calibre.
Rimmer told The Gazette: “Hopefully Brian can get a fight at the Winter Gardens as a way of thanking the fans but he won’t be trying to win his British title back.
“We are hoping to go for a WBO light-middleweight inter-continental title, with a world title shot at the end of it.”
Rimmer said of Saturday night’s fight: “Andrade was brilliant. He was under pressure from (broadcasters) HBO to turn on a big show after some lacklustre performances and he certainly did that.
“I had watched Andrade win the title against Vanes Martirosyan, and based on that fight I thought Brian could win. But Andrade looked a brilliant fighter on Saturday and he could become one of the greats.”
Rimmer spoke of what good Rose had done for Blackpool’s image.
He said: “Brian has put Blackpool boxing on the map and he has done the same for the town as well.
“Even Demetrius Andrade and his camp were wondering why people were wearing tangerine and carrying tangerine flags. Now they know all about it.”
In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Rose went to a local Brooklyn hospital to have an operation on his nose.
It was performed by Timothy Storm, a facial trauma surgeon.
Rimmer said: “Mr Storm did a very good job. Brian hurt his nose when he beat Javier Maciel in his previous fight, and Mr Storm said a proper job had not been done on that occasion.
“It was a full-scale operation, and I think Brian had three stitches on the inside and six on the outside.
“Mr Storm joked it was the first evening he had worked when he hadn’t had to remove anything from a patient’s body.”