Boxing - Andrade stops Rose in New York

Blackpool’s Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose (25-2-1) was completely outclassed by rampant WBO champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (21-0) at the Barclays Centre in New York.

Boxing - Andrade stops Rose in New York

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Brian Rose lost his WBO title challenge

Referee Michael Griffin called a halt to the fight at 1.19 of the seventh after Rose couldn’t find an answer to the fast, accurate work coming from the American, who looks like a real talent.

It was always a massive ask for Rose to triumph In his first fight abroad against an unbeaten southpaw with a solid amateur pedigree, bills to pay and a television network breathing down his neck, but Rose looked in good shape and was relaxed as the fighters were introduced. Andrade was a fair bit bigger than at the weigh in - there had been some speculation about him being drained, but as soon the action got underway a gulf in class was conspicuous.

Andrade’s fast hands scored through Rose’s high guard and the Blackpool fighter would have trouble connecting with the slick southpaw target for the remainder. Halfway through the opening round, Andrade placed a straight left hand to send Rose down. He bounced straight back up, unhurt, but unable to put anything meaningful Andrade’s way.

The same left hand got through repeatedly in the second. Rose had steadied a little, but was forced to cover up for the main. In the third, Rose stepped in to attack but walked on to a short right hand counter and was sent down for for a second time. Andrade didn't go of the kill, but dominated the remainder.

Rose gathered himself again in the fourth, and although he had started to cope with some of the attacks, he couldn’t get any accurate shots off. On the front foot, Rose kept pace in the fifth, but Andrade’s considerable hand speed and deft footwork continued to bamboozle him at the start of the sixth. A successful advance saw him land a left hook to Andrade’s body, but he finished the round being peppered with more accurate combinations from the American. Rose was cut across the bridge of the nose, and the doctors had a look in the minute’s respite before the seventh.

Straight away, Andrade moved up another gear and with Rose unable to respond and taking a variety of punishing combinations, his trainer, Bobby Rimmer, was on the ring Apron and ready to pull his man out. Referee Michael Griffin saved him the job, stepping in between the fighters to wave it off at 1.19 of round seven.

If it’s any consolation for Rose, his opponent, from Providence, Rhode Island, does indeed look like the real deal and should soon be handed a chance to prove it against an established world level fighter.

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