American Carson Jones served up a pre-fight shock to Blackpool’s Brian Rose ahead of their showdown at the Winter Gardens on Saturday night.
As the two combatants sized each other up at the pre-fight weigh-in, Rose observed Jones and said: “I am towering over him - I can’t believe the size difference.
“I knew he would be smaller than me, but I didn’t realise how much smaller, and I think I have seen him in better shape as well.
“I am positive about everything and nothing that I have seen at the weigh-in has fazed me.
“I am going to use my height and reach to the best advantage.”
The pair meet for the World Boxing International Council light-middleweight title on what should be a frenzied, exciting fight-night, one of the best-ever in the resort, with the added attraction of Prizefighter middleweight, featuring local favourite Jack Arnfield, a stable-mate of Rose.
Arnfield, of Stalmine, was in upbeat mood ahead of the biggest night of his boxing career, Prizefighter middleweigh..
He faces Mick Hall, of Preston, in his quarter-final, and reckons the format of this knockout competition, with a prize pot of £32,000 at the end of it is tailor-made for him.
Arnfield, who weighed in at 11st, 7lb, 3oz, said: “I think the format will suit me down to the ground.
“I am a tall, rangy fighter and I can keep them off me and not get drawn into any fights and I will let the boxing do my talking for me.”