Defiant Rose: I’m still world class

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has spelled out his determination to fight again for a world title, despite his defeat by Demetrius Andrade in New York.

Rose says he will take the positives out of the experience of fighting for the world light-middleweight championship as he eyes a return to the ring, possibly in November.

The Andrade demolition was only the second defeat of Rose’s professional career, the first coming at the hands of Max Maxwell in May 2010.

Rose told The Gazette: “When I lost to Maxwell, I was paid next to nothing and I was beaten by a boxer who was nowhere near as good as me.

“This time I was beaten by Andrade, who will go on to much better things. There is world-class and there is one level above that, which is hall-of-fame, superstar class, and I believe Andrade will be good enough for that. There was nothing positive I could take out of losing to Maxwell but it was different against Andrade.

“I had the best pay-day of my career and the experience of fighting in New York for the first time.

“It will be a lot easier to come back from this than it was after my first defeat against Maxwell.

“I am taking the positives out of my experiences in America and not any of the negatives.”

Rose says the stoppage in the seventh round in Brooklyn was a “devastating” experience but insisted: “I believe I am still world-class and there is no doubt about that.

“There is a show at the Manchester Arena in November and I hope to be boxing there. I aim to box for a WBO intercontintental title and then for a world title again.”

Rose admitted that as soon as he entered the ring at the Barclays Center on June 14 he had a grim sense of foreboding.

He said: “I somehow knew I was in deep water from the beginning. As soon as I got in the ring I had this feeling that he was better than me.”

Rose will first have a holiday in Turkey with his partner Danielle, son Oscar and a family friend, and he is happy with the way his nose has healed after an old injury was reopened by Andrade in Brooklyn.

He said: “Sparring is out of the question but I can still train.

“The problem was that the nose was not stitched up properly after I damaged it in the Javier Maciel fight (last October), but the American surgeon has done a good job on it.”

Rose could not be happier in his personal life. His partner Danielle said ‘yes’ to his marriage proposal, while the couple are expecting a second child, a girl, on December 3, the exact date on which Brian first won the British title in 2011.

Currently based in Manchester, the family are moving to the Warbreck Hill area of Blackpool shortly.