Brian Rose will challenge Demetrius Andrade for WBO title on June 14

20/03/2014 17:53

Brian Rose will challenge WBO light-middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade on June 14 in America, it has been confirmed.

The Blackpool star earned his shot with a gutsy win over Javier Maciel in Sheffield in October, and is set to fight next on the undercard of Ruslan Provodnikov's latest WBO light-welterweight defence.

The 29-year-old won the Lonsdale Belt for keeps in 2012 before three wins last year propelled him onto the international stage.

"I'm delighted that Eddie Hearn has got me this shot," said Rose. "It's a dream come true for me and something that I have wanted since I starting boxing at the age of nine.

"It's going to be a great experience for me and my trainer Bobby (Rimmer) to go out to America and compete for the world title. But we're not going over there to make up the numbers; I'm bringing that belt back to the UK.

"Andrade is no doubt a world class fighter. He's got the title and an impressive amateur pedigree. But I've got experience on my side, I've had more fights and more 12 rounders. I've been in with better and tougher opponents so this fight doesn't and won't faze me.

"On June 14 I will prove my critics wrong once again, I'm going to return as a world champion."

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: "I'm delighted that Brian will get his shot at WBO champ Demetrius Andrade. Brian came through a tough final eliminator against Javier Maciel and him and Bobby have been building a plan ever since to beat Andrade.

"It's a huge opportunity for Brian and one I know he is relishing."