Hearn: Rose is ready to bloom

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Promoter Eddie Hearn is tipping Brian Rose to rise to the biggest challenge of his career at the town’s Winter Gardens on Saturday night against former world champion Joachim Alcine.

But he warned that Rose’s rival, a Haitian-born born fighter now based in Canada, harboured a similar ambition – to prove he could still cut it himself at world level, having already tasted such glory.

Brian Rose

Brian Rose

Hearn said: “Rose has beaten everyone there is to beat at domestic level and he wants to move on to the next stage of his career.

“Maybe Brian got a bit stale after becoming British champion and needed a new challenge like this.

“With all due respect to the fighters that Brian has beaten – Prince Arron, Max Maxwell and Sam Webb – they are not in the same class as Alcine.

“The Alcine camp are coming here to win, just the same as Brian.

“Many people will make this a 50-50 fight without really knowing too much about Brian. Alcine lost in his last fight in the first round to Matthew Macklin but that was at middleweight. We all know how good Macklin is at that weight.”

Hearn is predicting a sell-out for Saturday’s huge, televised bill, which from top-to-bottom is one of the highest calibre ever to be staged in the resort.

It will be the first fight for Rose, the British light-middleweight title holder, under the banner of Hearn’s Matchroom organisation.

He said: “We love coming to Blackpool for the boxing and the darts. I came up to Blackpool to see Brian fight Vivien Harris and I was impressed by the huge support that he got that night.

“I saw that the Winter Gardens was a brilliant venue, and I wanted to be a part of it and a part of Brian’s career.

“If Brian can show against Alcine that he can perform and deliver at this level, then I am convinced he has big future.”