BLACKPOOL’S Brian Rose is to make the second defence of his hard-earned British light-middleweight title when he takes on Kris Carslaw on June 2.
The venue will be Bowler’s Arena in Manchester as Rose aims for three successful defences so he can claim the Lonsdale Belt outright and hold it for keeps, a privilege only for those who have proved themselves elite.
It is yet another voluntary defence for Rose, who won the title against Prince Arron and kept his grip on the coveted strap against the durable Max Maxwell at the Winter Gardens in his home town.
Scottish southpaw Carslaw has won all bar one of his 15 contests.
His only defeat was at the hands of a possible future Rose opponent Matthew Hall.
Carslaw is a southpaw, which will bring its own challenges to Rose.
He said: “It is another voluntary. I want to keep busy before the final eliminator between Matthew Hall and Sam Webb. My original choice was either Carslaw or Robert Lloyd-Taylor, who won Prizefighter.
“Television didn’t want Lloyd-Taylor but Carslaw was acceptable.
“He is a southpaw and quite tricky but doesn’t have any real power.”
Rose is confident he can take this rival in his stride.
Of Carslaw’s 15 wins, only three have come by way of knockout for the Tommy Gilmour-managed fighter.
Meantime, Rose has taken nutritional advice after he cramped up after both the Arron and Maxwell fights.
He said: “It is something to do with a potassium deficiency, though I don’t really understand the ins and outs.
“But the nutritionist has got something that will sort it out.”
Lytham’s Scott Cardle is in the final throes of his preparation for a second professional lightweight contest at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on Friday against Johnny Greaves.
Cardle won on his debut against Sid Razack in Sheffield.