BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose says he is preparing for anything that rival Max Maxwell can throw at him when he defends his British light-middleweight title at the Winter Gardens tomorrow night in front of a sell-out crowd.
Rose, who puts his Lonsdale Belt on the line in his home-town, said: “I know what Maxwell’s tactics will be – he will come in and try and rough me up.
“But I am going to claim the centre of the ring and not let that happen.
“I am more confident and more assertive as a boxer since I won the title against Prince Arron.”
Maxwell is the only fighter to have beaten Rose in his professional career – that was at Huddersfield Leisure Centre in May, 2010 when Rose was stopped in the sixth round, unable to stave off some sustained, punitive attacks, the contest coming to a halt in the sixth round.
Rose is insistent that he was in the wrong psychological frame of mind that night, still haunted by the damage he had inflicted on Jason Rushton in his previous fight, leaving his opponent in an induced coma, from which he later made a recovery.
Rose said: “I am not even looking back to that fight because that was not the real me in the ring that night.
“Maxwell has been calling me out to fight him for a long time.
“He is not even a mandatory challenger and I am not sure he deserves a chance, but I have chosen him for a voluntary defence.
“He has Tweeted me to say what he intends to do, but I just replied to him that we will settle this not with words, but with fists.”
Rose’s popularity in Blackpool is such that extra seats had to be made available to accommodate the 3,000 fans who will be at the Winter Gardens.
Rose said: “My brother Mitchell has sold £30,000 worth of tickets for me – and I owe him a big debt of thanks.
“I suppose I should employ him as my PA!”
The weigh-in for the Rose/ Maxwell showdown was taking place this afternoon and Rose envisaged no problem with making the weight.
“I was two pounds over the weight on Thursday morning – normally, I am three or four over at this stage, but I will be bang on today and I am happy with that.
“I have had the perfect preparation for this.”
The under-card features the return of another talented light-middleweight in Preesall’s Jack Arnfield.
He protects his 100 per cent record against Kevin McCauley.
Rest of the under-card: Travis Dickinson versus John Anthony; Rick Gooding v Martin Welsh; Chris Johnson v Peter McDonagh; Karl Place v Vinny Woolford; Terry Flannigan v s/o; Jonson McClumpa v Emmanuel Moussinga; John Quigley v s/o; Robert Ismay v Jody Meikle; Robert Dixon v Liam Griffiths.