BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose could be fighting for a world title in his home town inside two years.
That is the prediction of Frank Maloney, co-promoter of Rose’s exciting points win over Max Maxwell at the Winter Gardens of Saturday, when he retained his British light-middleweight belt.
And Maloney wants the see the 27-year-old stage his second defence at the same venue very soon.
Maloney enthused: “It was one of the best fights I have seen in a long time for a British title.
“The venue for boxing is unbelievable and so is the atmosphere. I would love to be back here before the summer.
“I am going to sit down with the Brian Rose team and hopefully put on a defence before the summer.
“That was a great learning fight for Brian and he showed what a great fighter he is because he asked for that fight.
“That’s why I have so much respect for him – most fighters would avoid someone who had knocked them out before.
“He told me he wanted this fight in Blackpool and put a lot of pressure on himself.” And as for Rose’s longer-term prospects, Maloney has no doubts about his potential.
He added: “He is better than British level.
“I think he can go European, and if he keeps believing in himself we could bring a world title fight to Blackpool.
“I would say (that is possible) in 18 months or two years.”
Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer hailed his man’s win but insisted there was better to come.
He said: “Brian was a little bit too macho – he wanted to show people that he is tough, but he doesn’t need to. I know that and he knows that. Max Maxwell is much more than a journeyman – he is a tough, solid, durable fighter.
“But Brian’s punches were clean and on the button.
“All in all, he boxed a fantastic fight and he boxed Max Maxwell’s head off.”