Rose so close to mega-fight in Oz

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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has spoken about missing out on a “life-changing”super-fight with former world champion Anthony Mundine.

The Rose and Mundine camps were in advanced talks for the bout to take place in Australia and it looked about to become a reality.

However, Mundine is expected to announce that he will be matched up with Sugar Shane Mosley in Sydney, leaving Rose frozen out and pondering on what might have been

The 27-year-old Rose, who fights Alexey Ribchev at Bolton on June 29, said: “I was disappointed because I would have earned a life-changing amount of money to fight Mundine

“But the very fact that I am even being spoken of as an opponent for Mundine just shows how far I have come and how I am ranked in the world.

“The deal was almost done but now it looks like he will be fighting Mosley.

“Obviously, that is the fight that he would want to take because of the money involved.”

Mundine is the most high-profile boxer in Australia, having switched from rugby league. But he isn’t the only big-name boxer to be linked with Rose.

One prospective opponent some way down the line for Rose could be another massive name in Miguel Cotto, himself a former world champion and a man who has shared the ring with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Meantime, Rose’s focus is on a much lesser light at Bolton later this month in Alexey Ribchev, of Bulgaria.

It is a marking time kind of fight, with no title at stake.

Ribchev has lost his last two fights, the latest only last weekend for the Republic Of Poland international middleweight title.

But he holds a verdict over Matthew Hall at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester in 2011.

That is a good notch to have on his belt – Hall is a former holder of the Commonwealth light-middleweight title.

Rose is expecting to maintain his winning run at Bolton but he has been in serious sparring.

He said: “One of my sparring partners has been Liam Smith, who is the number one contender for my British light-middleweight title and so it doesn’t get better than that.

“Ribchev is tough and durable and he has never been stopped.”

The Bolton bill on which Rose features has been headlined as Betfair’s ‘Rock and Croll.’

That is a play on words for one of the promotion’s main attractions, Anthony Crolla.

Also on the card, which will be televised by Sky Sports, are Gavin Rees,Paul Smith, Tony Dodson and Thomas Stalker.

It will be Rose’s first fight since giving up the British light-middleweight title in order to pursue wider international ambitions.

Lee Selby will not figure on the Bolton bill.

Instead he will face unbeaten Viorel Simion on the Betfair’s ‘The Homecoming’ promotion at the MS3 Craven Park in Hull on July 13, again live on Sky Sports.

The Welsh featherweight star switches from the Bolton show on June 29 to meet the Romanian on the bumper outdoor bill, which will be topped by the debut of Olympic Gold medal star Luke Campbell MBE.

It’s a huge night for Selby, who has excelled in the last 18 months, claiming the British and Commonwealth titles.