Blackpool boxing hero Brian Rose is likely to be out of the ring for three months in the wake of his superb win over Javier Maciel, a triumph that is set to land him a world title shot.
Rose needed five stitches in a badly cut nose after an old wound picked up in training flared up again.
The Blackpool light-middleweight suffered damage to his nose in pre-fight sparring with Kell Brook, and Maciel opened it up in the third round of their World Boxing Organisation world title eliminator at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
Rose’s next fight is likely to be for a shot at the WBO world title.
Demetrius Andrade, takes on Vanes Martirosyan in Texas on November 9 and Rose expects to face the winner some time in the early part of 2014.
Rose’s trainer Bobby Rimmer said: “The cut needed five stitches – it is going to take three months to heal.
“If we got Brian back anytime before then, it would run the risk of the cut opening up again and taking up longer than the three months.
“I know Eddie Hearn, the promoter, is already working on Brian to fight whoever is the winner of Andrade/Martirosyan fight.”
Rimmer had nothing but praise for Rose’s resilience and skill in fending off the dangerous Maciel, the Blackpool man taking it on a split-decision iin what was at times a brutal contest.
“I had Brian winning it by two rounds - of course, it was going to be tough.
“It was a world title eliminator, a life-changing. life-affirming fight, so both boxers were going to give it everything they had.”
Rose needed all his defensive qualities to fend off Maciel assaults and Rimmer put that down to the fighter’s grounding as a young amateur.
Rimmer said: “A lot of credit has to go to Brian’s amateur coach Andy Sumner, who made sure that Brian degveloped those skills.”