Blackpool boxer Brian Rose is back in action at Manchester Arena tonight in a fight that bears all the hallmarks of being a routine encounter.
Facing him across the ring is Ruslans Pojonisevs, of Latvia, whose record reads 16 wins, 36 defeats and one draw.
Pojonisevs’ record indicates that he is durable.
He has been in the ring with a number of British opponents.
He has lost but taken to the distance boxers of the calibre of Chris Eubank Junior, John Ryder, Nick Blackwell and Cello Renda.
The Latvian boxed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in April, 2013, suffering a first round knockout at the hands of Callum Smith, recent winner in spectacular style of the British super-middleweight title when he beat Rocky Fielding.
Pojonisevs last boxed in Latvia in April, when he beat debutant Elanas Mirskis on points in a four-rounder.
There is stacked bill of championship fights this evening.
The main feature is a re-match between home town favourite Anthony Crolla and Darleys Perez for the Colombian’s WBA world lightweight title.
Meantime, Rose has paid tribute to his one-time training partner Jack Arnfield and his brave attempt to win the British middleweight title last weekend, when he lost to Nick Blackwell on points.
Rose said it give him great pleasure to see the Stalmine fighter prove people wrong by digging as deep as he did in the championship bout in Bristol.
Rose said: “Jack did himself proud. A lot of people had been saying that Jack was not really serious about boxing and that he was concentrating more on running his gym.
“They couldn’t have been more wrong as Jack proved against Blackwell.
“He got caught with a really powerful body shot in the fifth round and a lot of boxers would not have got up from that.”
Rose said Arnfield should bide his time before thinking of the British title again.
“I can understand why he took the fight against Blackwell when he was given the opportunity, but I think he needs three or four more fights and deep down I think he knows that himself.
“He will have learned a lot from the Blackwell fight about what it takes.”