Blackpool boxer Brian Rose spoke today of his world title dream – to win it at Bloomfield Road, home to the town’s football club.
Rose is one fight away from becoming the first Blackpool boxer in history to win a world championship and would like nothing better to do it in front of a packed crowd at the football stadium.
The light-middleweight is due to meet the winner of Saturday’s clash for the World Boxing Organisation world title between unbeaten American Demetrius Andrade and Vanes Martirosyan, the Armenian-born fighter now based in California.
Rose said: “I have always said it would be great to fight for the title at Bloomfield Road, and there has also been talk of fighting in Las Vegas or at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I don’t think anything can happen until after Saturday night’s fight – maybe from Monday onwards there will be some movement and it depends who wins on Saturday.
“I leave all that kind of thing to my promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I suppose whoever wins will want a lot of money to come over to Britain to fight – but I will also want a lot of money to fight in the States.”
Andrade and Martriosyan meet at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday night for the vacant WBO belt, a contest that will get live screening over here on the BoxNation subscription channel.
Rose will be an avid watcher.
He said: “There was talk of me going to Texas, but I decided not to in the end – in any case, I will be able to analyse the two fighters better by watching it on television.”
The cut on the nose that Rose sustained in his last fight beating Argentinian Javier Maciel in Sheffield last month is healing up well – it required half-a-dozen stitches.
Rose said: “I am a quick healer and the scab has fallen off, but I wouldn’t want to take a punch on it at this stage.”