Brian Rose-Javier Maciel fight set
England's Brian Rose and Javier Maciel of Argentina will meet Oct. 26 with a mandatory shot at a junior middleweight world title at stake, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport announced Monday.
Rose (24-1-1, 7 KOs), a former British 154-pound champion, will meet Maciel (27-2, 20 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, in the co-feature of a card headlined by the welterweight fight between British contender Kell Brook, fighting in his hometown, and former world titleholder Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine.
The card will be televised in the United States on AWE (formerly WealthTV). The winner between Rose and Maciel will become the mandatory challenger for the vacant belt that former U.S. Olympians Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) will fight for Nov. 9 (HBO) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
"This is a great chance for me to land the world title shot I have been working my whole life for," said Rose, 28. "Maciel is a tough opponent and I know I will have to be at my very best to beat him, but we've got seven weeks to go until fight night and myself and [trainer] Bobby Rimmer will leave no stones unturned in the gym to get the win."
Maciel, 29, is likely the best opponent of Rose's career. In April, Rose stopped long-faded former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine in the 12th round.
"This is a golden opportunity for Brian to secure his world title shot," Hearn said. "Maciel is by far the biggest test of his career, but I believe he is ready to make a statement in this fight."
Maciel lost in his only previous world title fight, dropping a unanimous decision to then-middleweight titleholder Dmitry Pirog in March 2011. Maciel has won nine fights in a row since, including a fifth-round knockout of Alejandro Gustavo Falliga on Saturday in Argentina.
Also added to the Oct. 26 card was British heavyweight Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, who is scheduled to make his pro debut Oct. 5.