BRIAN Rose is in the best shape of his life going into the defence of his British light-middleweight title against Max Maxwell at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday night.
That is the valued view of the man best equipped to proffer an opinion – Preesall boxer Jack Arnfield, who also appears on the same bill.
The pair have sparred and trained together in the same gym, as well as pounding the punishing hills on Saddleworth Moor to get into shape for Saturday.
Arnfield said: “I have never seen Brian so sharp. He was fit for the Prince Arron fight, when he won the title, but he is even sharper now and looks stronger.
“This is a fight Brian has had to take as his first defence because Maxwell is the only fighter who has beaten him.”
Arnfield fights Midlander Kevin McCauley on the Blackpool show, his first bout since October, 2009.
Arnfield, also a light-middleweight, boasts a 100 per cent ring record.
Rose became the first Blackpool boxer in over 50 years to win a British title when he scored an emphatic points win over Arron in Wigan in December.
It will be another first for Rose on Saturday on the televised bill.
No Blackpool fighter has boxed for a British title in his home town before.