BLACKPOOL boxer Brian Rose can boast high-quality sparring to prepare for his second defence of his British light-middleweight title tomorrow night against Scottish southpaw Kris Carslaw.
Rose, whose schedule has included a trip to Portugal, has been in the ring with Jamie Moore, himself a former kingpin of the 11-stone division, and Kerry Hope, the current European middleweight champion.
Rose said it was a worthwhile exercise preparing in this way for the televised title showdown against Carslaw at the Bowlers complex in Manchester.
The 26-year-old said: “Jamie came over to Portugal and I did 20 rounds with him.
“He may have retired from boxing but he has still got it.
“I sparred with him before and he really hurt me, but that was when I was only a boy. Now I am a man and he didn’t hurt me. It was a good confidence boost for me.
“Kerry Hope boxes at a higher weight than I do and I more than held my own with him,” Rose added.
Rose has lost only once in his career so far – a defeat later reversed against Max Maxwell– while the only blot on Carslaw’s record is a defeat at the hands of Matthew Hall, himself beaten in a recent eliminator for a crack at Rose.
Rose’s confidence has risen since he took the title and he believes he has what it takes to beat Carslaw, who will be determined to grab this unexpected opportunity with both hands.
The Blackpool boxer said: “I can see it being tight to start with and I might find it hard to nail him down at first.
“But in the end I will stalk Carslaw down and he won’t be able to out-box me.
“I don’t mind whether I stop him or go the distance - it doesn’t matter how I do it, I just want to win.”
Rose is looking forward to taking a break with his family in Majorca after the Carslaw fight.
He said: “With the Prince Arron, Max Maxwell and Kris Carslaw fights, I have only had a couple of weeks off in ten months, and I am looking forward to having a proper break.
“I have not been seeing enough of my son Oscar and I want to spend some of the money I have earned from being British champion on him.”