Stalmine boxer Jack Arnfield spelled out his long-term goal in the wake of his 10-round, shut-out points win over Max Maxwell – to emulate his training partner Brian Rose and win a British title.
At the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Arnfield took his winning run to 17 and annexed the international masters middleweight title in the process. But the 24-year-old has designs on a far more illustrious belt.
Arnfiield said: “I am hoping my promoter Steve Wood has something big for me over the next six to 12 months. Ideally I would like to be fighting for a British title in a year’s time. It doesn’t always happen, so we will see.”
Arnfield then reflected on his win over Maxwell, the only boxer to have beaten Blackpool’s world title challenger Rose. He added: ”I was pleased with my performance. Maxwell caught me with some decent shots.
“I kept as busy as I could. He took everything I hit him with and he kept coming. The plan was to wear him down round by round. There was no point trying to knock him out.”
In the dressing room afterwards, Arnfield had an ice-pack on his right hand but the fighter said it was no cause for alarm.
“It is just an old injury, nothing serious,” he explained. “I hit him on the top of the head a lot. It is a bit sore but nothing to worry about.
“It was my first fight since March and I had been in the gym for 14 weeks. It was the best camp I’ve had in my life. I have been working a lot more with (trainer) Bobby Rimmer and putting a lot more focus into it, and it is paying off.”
Arnfield said his future now lies at middleweight. He insisted: “I will not be going down to light-middleweight again and taking the risk of being weight-drained.
“I am strong enough at middle, so there is no point taking anything out of my body. If I could get another fight before Christmas, fantastic.”
Trainer Rimmer was delighted with Arnfield’s win.
Rimmer said: “It was Jack’s best performance. He has put everything behind him now and shown his true self.
“Maxwell has been as bit of a hoodoo to us and was always dangerous but Jack beat him out of sight, winning every round. Everything Maxwell tried Jack beat him to the punch and boxed his head off.”