Rose receives title warning

Rose - big night on Saturday
Rose - big night on Saturday
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Argentinian boxer Javier Maciel is oozing confidence ahead of his world title eliminator against Blackpool’s Brian Rose in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Rose and Maciel meet in a final eliminator for the World Boxing Organisation light-middleweight title at the Motorpoint Arena.

It is a defining fight for Rose but also assumes monumental importance for Maciel, who is convinced his world title experience will be key.

Maciel has already boxed for a world title, having challenged unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog for the middleweight crown in 2011, and the Argentine says the stakes couldn’t be higher as the pair meet in the Steel City.

Maciel said: “This is one of the most important fights of my career because it would mean another chance to fight for a world title, and this time I’ll be better prepared and more experienced.

“I’ve mainly been sparring with Mike Jones and Carlos De Leon Junior in Las Vegas. I’ve seen various videos of Rose.

“He has a good boxing style, and is compact. It’s going to be a difficult fight but I’m going to bring it to him. I don’t mind where the fight is held because I just have to focus myself on winning by any way possible.

“I’m feeling pretty calm and ready to bring home a victory for Argentina. I’ll be calm in there and do things in the best possible way.”

Maciel travelled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, to face Pirog for the title and lost on points.

The 29-year-old admits he was not in the right place to defeat the Russian that night, but with stoppage wins inside five rounds in his last four fights he is ready to take the next step.