Rose hopes for place on Froch undercard

Brian Rose with Eddie Hearn and Scott Cardle
Brian Rose with Eddie Hearn and Scott Cardle
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BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose is concentrating on his step into the international big-time when he faces Joachim Alcine at the Winter Gardens in the resort on April 20.

But he could be forgiven for thinking even further ahead.

There is the prospect of him figuring on the under-card of the meeting between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler for the WBA world super-middleweight title fight at the O2 Arena on May 25.

Froch and Kessler are being matched up again two years after their epic battle in Denmark.

On that occasion the Dane ended Froch’s unbeaten record, but the Briton is intent on avenging that.

There is a big chance that Rose will figure on the promotion, and opponents are already being touted for that big London date in May.

One of them is Lebanon-born light-middleweight Ahmad Kaddour, who is now based in Denmark.

Kaddour, who is 31, has had 29 fights, 26 of them victories, with two losses and one draw.

His last opponent was Max Maxwell, whom Rose has fought twice, losing once before avenging that when the British title was at stake at the Winter Gardens.

Another name being canvassed for Rose at the 02 is Reda Zam Zam, who has the same sort of background as Kaddour.

He too has had 29 fights.

That includes 27 wins (13 by way of knockout) and two losses.

Rose is increasingly looking to the international market having proved insuperable over the last 15 months or so on the domestic front.

There is even talk of a world title fight some way down the line, with Bloomfield Road being touted as the venue.

Rose joked: “I have already spoken to Owen Oyston and he told me I could have the ground for nothing - I hope he hadn’t had a drink at the time when he said it!

“I would like to hold him to that.”

As it is, Rose’s focus is on the here-and-now and the meeting with Alcine, born in Haiti but now based in Canada.

Rose said: “It is a great undercard - all the fighters can sell tickets and I expect the Winter Gardens to be packed to the rafters.

“I wouldn’t be moving up to the next level if I didn’t think I was ready.

“I have cleared up at domestic level - there isn’t anyone out there for me to beat.

“I am ready for the next chapter of my career, ready for the world stage hopefully.”

Rose added: “I didn’t even know about maybe appearing on the Carl Froch bill until Eddie Hearn (Matchroom promoter) brought it up at the press conference to announce the Blackpool show, so that is an extra incentive for me.

“I have never worked with anyone who is so organised or on the ball as Eddie Hearn, and he has given me everything I have asked for.”

Rose hopes the bill will give a leg-up too for Scott Cardle, who is also on the Blackpool card.

The Blackpool boxer said: “Scott has found it hard to establish a fan base, because he has been fighting all over the country.

“Now he can build a fan base in Blackpool and get the Blackpool football team behind me as they have with me.”

Cardle is on the bill boxing for the first title in his unbeaten professional career.

He takes on Maxi Hughes, of Rossington, for the Central Area lightweight title.

Cardle said: “It’s going to be a big one for me and to have the support of the people of Blackpool behind me will be great.

“I want to start building up my support.”

Cardle was a highly successful amateur on the fringes of Olympic selection - he missed out on London 2012, at which point he turned his attention to the professional ranks and there was no shortage of interest from a posse of promoters.

But he said Hearn was a straightforward choice.

“The first thing I asked for was regular fights and that’s what Eddie did.

“I spoke to every promoter going and Eddie was the main man then - he is even more the main man now.

“I want to win the Central Area title and then go on to the English and then fight for the British title at the end of this year or in 2014.”

Blackpool cruiserweight Matty Askin is also slated to appear at the Winter Gardens next month.

He is scheduled to meet Matchroom boxer Wadi Camacho for the English cruiserweight title.

Askin has boxed for that title before, losing to Jon-Lewis Dickinson, who subsequently went on to lift the British crown.

Promoter Hearn says a massive show is in prospect.

“With the input we already have in darts at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool is very special to us.

“We want to build up a very special card.”

Hearn quipped: “We may have to start at four o’clock in the afternoon until two in the morning to fit it all in.”