Rose title bid a family affair

Brian Rose - hard at work in the gym with trainer Bobby Rimmer
Brian Rose - hard at work in the gym with trainer Bobby Rimmer
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The Rose family clan are preparing to turn out in force in the United States to support Blackpool boxer Brian’s historic world title challenge.

Rose will have plenty of support from his family at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, on June 14 when he takes on American title holder Demetrius Andrade for the World Boxing Organisation version of the light-middleweight title.

But there will be one notable exception –Brian’s mum Amanda, who is, of course, hugely supportive but no longer likes to see her son in action in the ring.

Amanda’s husband Eddie explained: “Amanda won’t be going to America as she is nervous when Brian is in the ring and doesn’t like to watch. She stopped going to watch him after Brian first won the British title, when he beat Prince Arron.”

Amanda will not even be watching the fight live onTV at their central Blackpool home in the early hours of the Sunday morning.

Eddie said: “She will be out in the garden, getting texts about how Brian is doing.”

Eddie will be travelling to the States with son Mitchell, himself a useful boxer in his day, along with Brian’s sister Donna. Brian’s partner Danielle will be at ringside, while their young son Oscar will also be making the trip across the Atlantic, together with grandparents Stan and Jean Watt, who run the Lynalan Hotel on Palatine Road in Blackpool.

Cousins, aunts and uncles, not just from the Blackpool area, will also be at ringside in the hope of seeing Blackpool sporting history in the making.

Brian has always had strong family backing during his rise to the top, ever since he took up the sport at the age of 10.

And Eddie, who works as a painter and decorator based at the Ribby Hall leisure village at Wrea Green, is confident Brian can create history by bringing the WBO belt back to Blackpool.

He said: “I am getting the same sort of feeling I did before Brian won the British title against Prince Arron.

“I went down to the gym at Denton (Greater Manchester) for Brian’s last work-out before he went to America and I have never seen him looking so strong, fit and well-conditioned.

“I had a talk with him before he went to America, though what we said will remain private. I am nervous, but then I am always nervous any time Brian boxes.

“Whatever happens, I can’t be more proud of Brian for what he has achieved as a boxer.”

Brian is already in the States, and he and his trainer Bobby Rimmer are staying in an apartment in uptown New York.

He has been training at the World’s Gym in New Jersey and has also been able to fit in some sight-seeing during his ‘down-time’.

Rose faces the most formidable challenge of his fight career, which has seen him win a Lonsdale Belt outright and suffer one loss, against Max Maxwell, which he avenged when defending the British 11-stone title.

Southpaw rival Andrade is unbeaten and is a former Olympian.