This Saturday Blackpool's Brian Rose will get the chance of his life against WBO light-middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Rose, aged 29, is a fighter who has constantly been written-off yet he finds himself with a chance to change his life forever.

Back in October of 2009 Rose beat Jason Rushton for a Central Area title via a tenth round stoppage. Rose was later to find out that Rushton collapsed in his changing room after the fight before being rushed to hospital.

Rushton was placed in a drug-induced coma whilst a bleed in the brain was repaired. This affected Rose mentally and many speculate that this lead to his only professional defeat next time out against Max Maxwell.

Before the loss to Maxwell, Rose quit boxing as a result of the injuries to Rushton but was convinced to return by his trainer Bobby Rimmer after three or four months away from the sport.

After this brutal defeat who would have thought that we would ever see Brian Rose challenging for world honours. This does however show the character that Rose has to continue to defy the odds and get the job done.

Rose earned his shot at the world title on the undercard of Kell Brook versus Vyacheslav Senchenko October of last year. Rose faced-off with Argentine Javier Maciel in a really gruelling fight.

Both men looked determined to win and many felt that Maciel would have too much for Rose. Rose was however to show the world once again that you cannot write him off. He powered through in a show of grit and determination which most would have been unable to produce.
Rose took the verdict on the split decision scores of 117-111, 116-113 and 113-115 and now awaits the night to prove the doubters wrong once again.

In order to fulfil his dream he will have to beat the current unbeaten champion Andrade. 26-year-old Andrade currently holds a record of 20-0 and seems a very impressive boxer.

Currently it is not known quite how good Andrade really is but he will definitely be the favourite heading into the fight. This will not bother Rose in the slightest though as he seems to be the underdog in every fight but still comes through successfully.

Andrade was a successful amateur and was part of the 2008 U.S Olympic team which shows that he will have good technique but the professional game is very different to the amateurs.

The two will face-off on the undercard of the warrior-like and highly entertaining Ruslan Provodnikov's fight with Chris Algieri in what should prove to be an exciting bill.

Rose has been through a real journey to get to this point in his career and there is no doubt that he will give it his all come fight night, but Andrade remains the favourite to claim the win.

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