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By: Nial Hickman – 

BLACKPOOL’S Brian Rose is closing in on a world title clash with WBO light-middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov.

Rose heads into his 25th pro fight against Joachim Alcine on April 20 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool knowing a win could land him a tilt at the world title.

Rose’s career looked in tatters after a sixth-round stoppage defeat by Max Maxwell in 2010, but winning the British title from Prince Arron in late 2011 has given him a ‘New Life of Brian’.

His bout against Alcine is now for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title and the winner looks likely to get a crack at Baysangurov’s belt.
Rose meets ex-WBA holder Alcine, 37, in what he regards as his first test at world level.

Rose, 28, said:

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for years. I’m back fighting on Sky and in a proper fight with big things on the horizon.”  Brian Rose

He said: “Beating Alcine and landing that Inter-Continental belt puts me right in the picture for the big one with Baysangurov. That has given me even more incentive to win well.

“It has been a long and winding road but good things come to those who are patient and I have always had dreams of being a world champion. ”

Rose’s clash tops the bill with Lee Selby’s first fight under promoter Eddie Hearn providing the chief support.

Rose’s Blackpool stablemate Scotty Cardle will box for his first title, taking on Maxi Hughes for the Central Area lightweight belt, and the undercard will also feature Team GB Olympic stars Kal Yafai and Thomas Stalker.