Blackpool boxer Brian Rose vowed to produce a ‘master-class’ when he steps up to world level at the Winter Gardens on Saturday.
Rose takes on the Canadian-based Haitian Joachim Alcine, a former world champion, and is confident that all the meticulous preparation will be worthwhile.
He said: “I have never sacrificed as much as this and never trained harder.”
There is a chance that at 37, age could be catching up on Alcine, but Rose insists he is not thinking in those terms.
He said: “There is no doubt in my mind that Alcine is a world-class operator, but that is nothing I am not ready for.
“Alcine may be 37, but age is just a number – look at Bernard Hopkins and what he is doing at his age.
“I will be ready for the best Alcine has on the night – it will be a master-class.”
Alcine has only boxed once in the past year, and that was at middleweight against Matthew Macklin – Alcine was knocked out by the Briton in the first round.
Rose, who boxes on Saturday for the WBO inter-continental title, said: “I have looked at tapes of Alcine, but I didn’t bother looking at the Macklin fight. I would not have learned anything from that.
“I have studied his other fights and he is an awkward opponent with a strong jab.”
The time may soon be coming when Rose has to make a decision whether to vacate the British light-middleweight title he holds so that he can pursue his ambitions at world level. Liam Smith, the Commonwealth title holder, has been put forward as mandatory challenger, but Rose is still keeping his options open.
“If it comes to it and I have to defend against Smith, I will do because I can’t blame people for calling out my name, but I am looking to world level now.
“I will be a world champion at the end of it all.”
The weigh-in for the big Winter Gardens bill takes place tomorrow at the G Casino on South Promenade, with fight fans invited to attend for the ceremony, which starts at 1.30pm for 2pm.