Champion predicts a ‘cracker’

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BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose says his meeting with Sam Webb for the British light-middleweight title at the Winter Gardens on Friday has the makings of one of the domestic fights of the year.

And title holder Rose has taken a side-swipe at the TV companies for not screening the fight.

Rose has lost just once in his career and Webb, who has designs on recapturing the title he held until 18 months ago, has tasted defeat only twice.

On one of those occasions, he suffered a perforated eardrum as he lost his crown to Prince Arron, who the Blackpool boxer subsequently dethroned.

Rose said of his clash with Londoner Webb: “On paper it’s a 50-50 fight. He’s been there and done it, and I’ve got a lot of respect for Sam Webb in terms of what he’s done in the sport and the kind of fighter he is.

“But I haven’t got a lot of respect for the way he’s spoken about me and the opponents I’ve faced. It should be one of the fights of the year. It’s going to be cracking.

“It’s definitely my toughest fight and the pressure of defending my title in Blackpool – for keeps this time – adds to it. He’s got the best record I’ve ever been in with but I’m punching harder.

“I know for a fact I’ve been hurting sparring partners, and I know I’m going to hurt Sam Webb at some point. And when I do, I’m going to jump on him and stop him.”

As for the lack of TV coverage, Rose added: “It’s daft that it’s not on TV. There’s a great under-card, so I’d tell anyone who hasn’t got a ticket not to miss out because they won’t see it on telly. Get out of the house and come to watch a really good night of boxing.”

Promoter Steve Wood echoes Rose’s views. He said: “I really believe this could be one of those fights we’ll talk about for years to come. British boxing has just witnessed a fantastic contest between Anthony Crolla and Kieran Farrell, which Kieran has thankfully come out of OK, and I think this fight could be even better.

“Both are technically very good. Neither has one-punch knockout power. We know Sam can get drawn into a scrap and there’s needle between them, so all the ingredients are there for a potential fight of the year. This is not to be missed and I’m proud of the show we’re putting on.”

n FORMER two-time world champion Amir Khan knows he must get back to winning ways on Saturday to earn a shot at redemption against Danny Garcia.

Garcia stopped Khan in four rounds in the summer to win their light-welterweight unification clash and condemn the Englishman to his second loss in a row.

The Garcia fight seriously derailed Khan’s aspirations and the 26-year-old cannot afford any slip-ups against the rank underdog. #

“I need to win this fight to get back on the scene again,” Khan said.