FIGHT trainer Bobby Rimmer has spoken of how the career of Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has transformed completely.
Rose defends his British light-middleweight title at the Bowlers centre in Manchester on Saturday against Scot Kris Carslaw.
Southpaw Carslaw tops a long list of fighters wanting a crack at the champion.
Rimmer said: “For a long time, Brian was the hunter – now he has become the hunted. Everyone wants to fight Brian Rose now.”
Rose has progressed to the pinnacle of the domestic light-middleweight division via the Central Area and English titles.
Carslaw has a shot at Rose this weekend, while waiting in the wings for his attempt is former champion Sam Webb, who recently beat Matthew Hall in a final eliminator.
Rimmer said: “We are looking no further than the Carslaw fight, though I expect Brian to be a convincing winner on points on Saturday.
“We have changed the preparation for this fight. Brian went to Portugal to get more rest and relaxation between training. He has had three hard camps and only two weeks off since August. That’s why we changed things.
“Brian just gets better at every camp and his confidence is sky-high.
“Since I first worked with Brian, I always said he was a 12-round fighter and very talented. That is how it turned out.”
Rose was joined in Portugal by another Rimmer charge – Jack Arnfield, of Preesall.
He is also on the Bowlers bill and takes on Nicky Jenman, of Brighton, on the undercard.
Rimmer said: “Jack is coming on in leaps and bounds. He has been in a bit of rush because he hadn’t fought for two years, but I’ve told him there is no need to hurry – he only 22 and his record is already 13-0.”
SOME people have expressed surprise that Karslaw has got a shot at Rose, having lost to Hall last year in a final eliminator. Hall has also lost since then, at the hands of Webb.
However, manager Tommy Gilmour says Carslaw has the capacity to pull off a shock on Saturday.
Gilmour said: “Kris has had a lot of quality sparring and his weight has been consistent.
“He has also developed as a fighter after suffering a double fracture of the jaw against Hall.”