To say British boxing is buzzing at the minute might well be a significant understatement.
After the glitz and glamour of Carl Froch-George Groves II under the mass public eye at Wembley Stadium, a string of Brits are promising to keep the boxing buzz alive by working themselves into world title contention.
Kell Brook will face Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight crown, Stephen Smith recently won a fringe WBC super-featherweight belt and Paul Smith is in line to challenge for Arthur Abraham’s WBO super-middleweight title.
Jamie McDonnell also won a fringe WBA belt recently, while Paul Butler won a split decision to take Stuart Hall’s IBF bantamweight crown. Froch is also a long-standing super-middleweight belt holder.
But one man’s quest for recognition on the world stage has slipped quietly below the radar.
Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose’s rise to prominence has been unnoticed by many, but he gets his shot at the big time on Saturday night when he takes on America’s Demtetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade, unbeaten in 20 professional outings, for his WBO light-middleweight crown.
GiveMeSport exclusively revealed how Rose found the information for the big clash via Twitter, but now his chance at glory is upon us.
While Britain’s boxing family basked in the aftermath of that stellar Wembley night, Rose was whisked off to New York in preparation for his big night two weeks later.
The 29-year-old has hardly endured an easy route to potential stardom. He remains virtually unknown by many – certainly nowhere near a household name, but how many fighters are these days? – and has only featured regularly on television as of three fights ago, stopping veteran Joachim Alcine.
Although he is unbeaten in four years, Rose’s career nearly crashed in front of him as he was stopped by Birmingham journeyman Max Maxwell, whose record stood at 11-9-2 at the time. It remains the sole loss on his 27-fight record (with 25 wins and one draw).
His previous fight before that defeat, a late stoppage win over Jason Rushton for the Central Area title, resulted in his beaten foe collapsing and being rushed urgently to hospital. Whether that affected Rose’s state of mind and consequently his performance is open to debate, but he avenged the Maxwell loss with a 12-round unanimous decision in March 2012.
In a final eliminator bout against rugged Argentinian Javier Maciel, the ‘Lion’ survived a deep cut on the bridge of his nose to win a split decision and earn the right to challenge for Andrade’s strap.
Under the sterling guidance of Bobby Rimmer, the Blackpool-based fighter has transformed himself from domestic level into legitimate contender to a world title.
Known as a fabulous technical boxer, Rose is against all odds during his world title challenge but is ready to upset the Americans and bring back another world title to Britain.
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