Blackpool boxing champion Brian Rose will take a big step towards a world title shot in Sheffield next month.
The Lonsdale Belt holder will face Javier Maciel in a final eliminator for the WBO world light-middleweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 26.
Rose and Maciel provide the chief support to Kell Brook’s much-anticpated welterweight clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Rose steps into the contest on the back of his Inter-Continental belt stoppage win in his home town in April, which he followed with a wide points triumph over Alexey Ribchev in Bolton in June.
The vacant title is contested by Demetrius Andrade and Vanes Martirosyan in Texas on November 16, and Rose will be putting everything into his preparations for Maciel to ensure he’s next in line for the winner of that bout.
“This is a great chance for me to land the world title shot I have been working my whole life for,” Rose said.
“Maciel is a tough opponent and I know I will have to be at my very best to beat him, but we’ve got seven weeks to go until fight night and myself and (trainer) Bobby Rimmer will leave no stones unturned in the gym to get the win.”
Maciel is in his third stint as the WBO Latino champion and fought Dmitry Pirog for the middleweight crown in March 2011.