SCOTTISH light-middleweight Kris Carslaw is backing himself to cause an upset when he challenges Blackpool’s Brian Rose for his British title at Bowlers Arena in Manchester on Saturday night.
Rose will be a firm favourite to make a successful second defence of the Lonsdale Belt in this televised bout but Karslaw sees things differently.
Now that the former kick-boxer has got an unexpected shot at the crown, Carslaw intends to make the most of it.
He said: “It’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time and now I can’t wait to get going.
“I feel I’ve got enough in me to win this fight.
“This is a great chance for me.”
Rose has been training in Portugal with Preesall’s Jack Arnfield, who has won all his 13 professional bouts to date.
Arnfield takes on Brighton’s Nicky Jenman, who has won four is his five fights.
Rose won the title against Prince Arron before making a successful defence at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens against Max Maxwell.
n BOXING is mourning the death of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia has been found dead at his Albuquerque home at the age of 45.
Tapia won world titles in three weight classes but his turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, including several stints in jail.