It’s a big night for two Blackpool boxers on Saturday – one on the way up, RP (Ryan) Davies, and another, Brian Rose, hoping to consolidate his place at the top level.
Davies is in action at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, while Rose features at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Super-welterweight Davies takes on Duane Green, of Norwich, while Rose meets Bulgarian Stiliyan Kostov.
Both boxers are banking on plenty of support, Davies’ followers making the short trip to Bolton, while Rose returns to the city of his birth, where he still has relatives and fans.
Davies, who has lost just once in his fledgling career, is happy with the build-up to tomorrow’s fight.
He said: “My camp and preparation has been spot on,
“I have had some great sparring rounds with Scott Fitzgerald and Reece Cartwright, and I put the hours in on the pads and with the fitness work.
“I will be taking quite a large following down the road to Bolton, which is very flattering, and hopefully I can put on a show and get the right result for each and every one of those people who have supported me and continue to do so.”
For Rose, it will mark a much-awaited return to the ring.
He has not boxed since April, when he lost to Matthew Macklin at the O2 Arena in London, since which time he has had an operation to repair an injured elbow and has changed management,
He is now with the MGM boxing organisation after parting company with Steve Wood.
Rose said: “I feel set to be back to my best. I want people to know that I am still serious.
“I was the best super-welterweight (formerly known as light-middleweight) in Britain for two or three years and there is no reason why I can’t get back there again.”
Rose says that the meeting with Kostov is important on a number of levels, not least for the fact that it marks a return to Birmingham.
He added: “It means a lot to me to be fighting in Birmingham,
“I have a lot of family there, so it will be great to have them all supporting me.
“I moved to Blackpool when I was nine, so I was there for much of my childhood.
“Fighting in the town where I was born means a lot to me and my family.
“It’s an important fight on Saturday and one that I need to win.
“I believe I’m bordering world level and I would love a crack at the European title - no problem.
“That’s the level I want to be competing at.”