Undefeated Arnfield close to the Max

Jack Arnfield fight at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Jack Arnfield fight at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

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Trainer Bobby Rimmer says Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield has had “his best camp ever”in the run-up to his fight with the experienced Max Maxwell at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Friday night.

The top-of-the-bill clash will mark a return to action for the first time since March for Arnfield, who steps up to middleweight against Midlander Maxwell, the only boxer to have beaten Brian Rose in his professional career.

Maxwell’s career has taken a steep downward curve of late but the Arnfield camp are not taking him lightly.

Rimmer said: “Jack is in brilliant shape.

“He has had to boil himself down too much to make light-middleweight, so we have made the decision to go up to middleweight.

“He will be a lot stronger at that weight.

“I believe Jack still has a lot of filling out to do and in time he will probably box at an even higher division than middleweight.

“I am not trying to decry Maxwell but he is on the decline, though you can never write him off.

“The last thing that a fighter loses is the punch and we all know what Maxwell can do.”

Rimmer was referring to a fateful fight when Rose met Maxwell in May of 2010.

Maxwell scored a devastating knockout victory, one that Rose later avenged in Blackpool.

Rimmer added: “We are looking forward to being back in Blackpool.

“There are so many good fighters coming through and the Winter Gardens has been a lucky venue for us over the years, and let’s hope it continues.”

Another of Rimmer’s charges, unbeaten cruiserweight Jack Massey, from Chapel-en-le-frith, features on the Blackpool bill.