Brian Rose, bidding to become Blackpool’s first world boxing champion, is off to the United States on Sunday and is confident about hs date with destiny and his meeting with title holder Demetrius Andrade at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 14.
Rose has now completed two rigorous, 12 round sparring sessions as he prepares to fight for the World Boxing Organistion’s version of the world light-middleweight title.
And the 29-year-old Rose says he couldn’t be happier with how his pre-fight camp has gone.
Prior to flying out to the US, he is due to undertake a public work-out at Denton, Manchester on Wednesday night and will also be speaking at a press conference during the build-up to next Saturday’s super-fight at Wembley Stadium between Carl Froch and George Groves.
The opening shots in the phoney war outside the ring have also started with unbeaten southpaw champion Andrade posting pictures of a lion cub on social media, an apparent disparaging dig at Rose’s nickname ‘The Lion’ a ploy that the Blackpool champion has swiftly brushed off.
He said: “I am taking it all with a pinch of salt.
“It is a part of the build-up and it doesn’t bother me at all.
“I have done my last sparring now and came through that fresh and without any trouble - from now on I will be working in the gym mostly on the body-belt.
“I have looked at recordings of Andrade, and though I don’t tend to over-analyse my opponents I am prepared for what I think he will bring to the ring.
“But if it turns out to be different to what I thought, then I can adapt and change.
“I am not the one under pressure in this fight,” said Rose, who will start as a big underdog against former Olympian Andrade.
“I believe I have prepared the best I have ever done and that I can bring that world title back to Blackpool.”
Meantime, Rose has given the ultimate compliment to the man who guided him as an amateur from his formative years as a 10, former Burn Naze and Blackpool coach Andy Sumner, paying tribute to his guidance both in and out of the ring.
He said: “If it wasn’t for Andy, I wouldn’t be in a position to fight for a world title.
“Not only did he teach me about boxing, but he taught me how to conduct myself out of the ring as well.
“One of the things he helped me to do was to keep out of trouble as a youngster.
“He has trained so many good boxers who, like me, owe him so much.
“He must be the best boxing trainer there has ever been in Blackpool.
“He used to drive me all over the place for my bouts as an amateur and never once asked me for a penny in petrol money - if we were late back arriving from a show he would let me stay at his house in Preston overnight.
“I don’t have high enough praise for him.
“If anyone is entitled to blow his trumpet for what he has achieved then it is Andy, but he is quiet and assuming and is the last person to shoot his mouth off like that.”