‘I’m even better now’ says Rose

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BLACKPOOL’S latest boxing hero Brian Rose had a warning for Max Maxwell before the defence of his British light-middleweight title at the Winter Gardens tonight.

Rose said: “I am a better fight now than when I won the title.”

Brian Rose

Brian Rose

Rose, who beat Prince Arron in Wigan in December to become king of the 11-stone division, said: “I have had ten weeks of preparation and sacrifices – I feel in top shape and I have left no stone unturned.

“I am in better shape than I was for the Prince Arron fight and I have done the weight more easily.

“I am amazed with the reception I have had and I am proud to be from Blackpool.

“As soon I have done this it is on to bigger and better things.”

Maxwell is the only boxer to have beaten Rose as a professional, but the Blackpool fighter’s camp are convinced that the tables will be turned tonight.

Rose’s coach Bobby Rimmer said: “Brian is in fantastic shape – and this is unfinished business for him.

“He wants to right a wrong and that’s the end of it.

“He has trained with a little bit more gusto and determination for this to show the Blackpool fans, who he is very proud of, that he is not a kid who gets knocked out.

“Part of the problem in him losing to Maxwell was coming home to Blackpool to face his fans.

“He wants to fight Maxwell in Blackpool in front of everybody, so that he can put it right.”

Maxwell said: “Brian has the title and I want it.

“He is going to have the crowd on his side, but I fight better when I am away.”

Rose was bang on the light-middleweight limit of 11-stone, while Maxwell was half a pound under.

Also on tonight’s show is Preesall light-middle Jack Arnfield, who has his first fight in two years against experienced Kevin McCauley.

An unfazed Arnfield said: “I asked for a tough fight – I didn’t want to come back and have some fat journeyman in front of me.

“I want to be fighting for a Central Area or English title by the end of the year.

Rimmer, who also coaches Arnfield, said: “It’s like a debut again for Jack.”