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Blackpool boxer Brian Rose preparing for fight of his life

Brian Rose's training is tough and punishing as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life against American Demetrius Andrade for the WBO title in New York.

To reach the top the man, nicknamed 'the lion', has had to make his sacrifices. Moving from his home on the Fylde coast to train with Bobby Rimmer at Ricky Hatton's old gym in Denton in Manchester meant spending long periods living away from his family and his son Oscar.

It was hard at first but it was something that I needed to do and it's something that has got me to where I am. It's only recently that my girlfriend and Oscar my son have moved up here which is a little bit easier now but it's all been worth it because everything I do is for Danielle and Oscar.

– Brian Rose

Life could have been very different for Brian who walked away from the sport in 2009 after his opponent Jason Rushton suffered a serious brain injury during their fight.

Brian said: "He was in a coma for a week or so. It wasn't nice. It was the lowest point of my career. I quit. I quit for three or four months then Bobby convinced me to go to a psychologist and said 'is it worth throwing away all those years of hard work through one thing which was serious but wasn't my fault?'

"So I went to see a psychologist and step by step they've got my head around the fact that it wasn't my fault. It's boxing and in boxing that can happen."

Watch the full report by David Chisnall below:

Brian hopes to give his supporters the ride of their lives when he roars to victory on June 14th.

It's amazing. I always dreamt of being a British champion. If someone had said to me you'd turn pro and be a British champion, I'd have been happy with it. But for them to move on to world level and fight for a world title is brilliant"

– Brian Rose