Hearn wants to bring Brian’s big fight to Blackpool

Brian Rose with promoter Eddie Hearn
Brian Rose with promoter Eddie Hearn
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Promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to bring Brian Rose’s WBO world title bout against newly-crowned champion Demetrius Andrade to Blackpool.

Blackpool’s Rose is the mandatory challenger in the light-middleweight division after winning a hard-earned split decision against Javier Maciel in Sheffield last month, and Hearn says talks are under way to fix a date for his world title bout.

American Andrade overcome Vanes Martirosyan in Texas last weekend to pick up the vacant belt, and Rose’s promotor said the clock is ticking to set up his clash with Rose, who won the Lonsdale Belt outright.

Hearn said: “Letters went out from the WBO on Tuesday giving the relevant parties 30 days to negotiate an agreement or it will go to purse bids.

“We have reached out to (Andrade’s promoter) Artie Pelullo, with whom we have a strong relationship, and discussions are under way.”

Hearn previously hinted at staging a huge fight for Rose at the Bloomfield Road home of Blackpool FC, and he is hopeful of securing home advantage for his fighter.

It’s expected the home of the Seasiders may be unrealistic this time around, with the Winter Gardens a much more likely venue.

He said: “Ideally we would like to bring this fight to Blackpool in the spring. I think it would be a wonderful occasion for Brian after all his hard work getting to this point.

“I’m sure all will be revealed but for now Brian can prepare for that life-changing moment,” the promoter said.