Rose joy at New York fight date

Brian Rose - it's  New York In June
Brian Rose - it's New York In June
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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose now knows where he will meet American Demetrius Andrade for the world light-middleweight title - Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York on June 14.

Rose confirmed the long-awaited announcement as he bids to become the first boxer from the town to win a world title.

And Rose spoke of his relief - for his fans rather than himself - that a date and venue had now been set in stone.

“I was more worried for my supporters.

“People kept asking me where and when the fight would be held because they wanted time to book flights and get time off work and they couldn’t make plans.

“Now I am happy to say that they can.

“I can just hear hundreds of fans shouting Sea-Sea-Seasiders!

“New York will have heard nothing like it, before but I will relish it.”

Rose has already been in training for his fight with Andrade for the World Boxing Organisation version of the world 11-stone title, but now he can focus, knowing where and well the defining fight of his life will take place.

And much of his preparation will be gearing himself up to getting ready for champion Andrade’s southpaw style.

He will be training with a number of portsiders in the build-up and has already profitable sessions with fellow pro Terry Flanagan.

Rose said: “I will be living and breathing southpaws between now and June.

“I have already done a lot of work with Terry, who won Prizefighter.

“He is smaller than I am, but it has been very helpful to me with his fast footwork.

“I intend to bring the world title back to Blackpool and I owe it to them to prepare the best I can.”

For Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer it will be his first world title experience and one that he will relish.

He said: “It is a first for Brian and for me.

“Just thinking about Brian boxing for a world title brings a tingle to my spine.

“I just hope the people of Blackpool get right behind Brian.

“For Brian to bring a world title back to the town will be great not just for boxing but for Blackpool as a whole.”