British light-middleweight title holder Brian Rose says he intends to step into world class by beating Canadian-based Joachim Alcine in a fascinating match-up at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool tonight.
The Blackpool boxer is squaring up to the most challenging bout of his career against Alcine, still dangerous at the age of 37 and a former world champion himself.
Rose, who has disposed of all his rivals at domestic level, said: “It’s time for the next chapter of my career. Alcine has proved his class at light-middleweight. He is brilliant and world-class at that weight.
“Now I want to prove I am a world beater myself and am ready for the world stage. I am looking for a foothold and to make a real statement.
“All the advantages are on my side – I am in the prime of my life. If I am going to be a world champion, it will be in the next two or three years.”
I know Alcine is awkward and I have had to watch more DVDs than normal. I have watched his best performances and when he has performed he has been brilliant.
“You can tell he is world-class from the moves he makes. He can do things most people can’t. But I have my game-plan. I will stick to that and if that does not work then I have a Plan B.”
Rose will be the first British boxer to wear the new ‘Lonsdale badge’ on his shorts in Blackpool tonight. Only a select band of boxers can sport the logo as winners of the Lonsdale Belt outright.
Rose said: “I’m deeply honoured to be the first boxer to wear the Lonsdale badge.
“Winning the British title outright is the dream of any boxer and it’s certainly the stand-out highlight of my career so far.”
At stake in tonight’s bill-topper is the World Boxing Organisation inter-continental title.
At the weigh-in, Rose was three ounces inside the 11-stone limit, while Alcine tipped the scales at 10st 122.