Twitter is an excellent tool to find out breaking news; gone are the days of tuning into television news channels and teletext.
But this could be the first time a professional boxer has found news of his own world title challenge via social networking.
Brian Rose has been slated to fight Demetrius Andrade for the WBO world crown since before Christmas when he defeated Javier Maciel in a final eliminator. News did come a few months ago that the fight would take place on a Ruslan Provodnikov undercard after his victory over Mike Alvarado, though no further immediate announcements followed.
Finally the news filtered through that the bout will take place on June 14 in Long Island, New York, though not from Rose’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
A fan tweeted the Blackpool fight wishing him all the best for his New York clash, to which Rose replied: “where u see that?”. Once the fan directed him to Dan Rafael’s article, a respected American journalist for ESPN, before Rose tweeted to say: “thanks mate. I heard it from u 1st. top man.”
Rose’s career looked destined for domestic level before signing with Matchroom, with Hearn able to steer his charge towards an unlikely world title.
After a surprise knockout loss to journeyman Max Maxwell, the 29-year-old's career stalled somewhat. Once that defeat was avenged, Rose has gone from strength-to-strength and the stylish boxer now stands one fight away from world glory.
His opponent, Demtrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, is unbeaten in 20 fights with 13 coming by way of stoppage.
Andarade has fought the tougher opposition to date, with his best win coming over Vanes Martirosyan, and early bookmakers odds are stacked hugely in favour of the American.
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