5 Key Questions That Will Decide Brian Rose vs. Demetrius Andrade

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5 Key Questions That Will Decide Brian Rose vs. Demetrius Andrade
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Blackpool's Brian Rose (pictured) will challenge unbeaten American WBO champion Demetrius Andrade Saturday night for his first chance at winning a world title in the light middleweight division.

It is a fight that has flown under the radar as the chief support to Ruslan Provodnikov's expected mauling of Chris Algieri at New York's Barclays Center, but given Rose is more proven than Algieri, it should be the more competitive contest on the night.

Rose has one defeat on his record, a stoppage loss to Max Maxwell back in 2010—at that time you would not have expected him to win the British title, let alone go on to challenge for world honours.

But that's exactly what has come to pass with Rose managing to rise to the occasion and dig victories out as his standard of opposition has improved.

Having upset Prince Arron to win the British light-middleweight title, Rose avenged the Maxwell defeat quite easily in 2012.

Last year saw Rose take on international opposition with the best wins on his record coming over Joachim Alcine and Javier Maciel, the latter being the win which won Rose this title shot.

Meanwhile, Andrade, a standout amateur boxer, is three years younger at 26 and has only been a pro since 2008.

Andrade hadn't done much prior to last year either, when he beat Freddy Hernandez before winning the vacant world title against Vanes Martirosyan.

Now the two still-developing fighters are on a collision course—here are the five key questions that will decide Rose-Andrade.

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