Blackpool boxer Brian Rose has a growing belief that he can bring a first ever world title to his home town.
Rose watched TV coverage of the man he is slated to fight in the New Year for the WBO world light-middleweight title, Demetrius Andrade, and is convinced the world crown is there for the taking.
The 27-year-old said: “I think Andrade is a good fighter and he is obviously a world champion for a reason. He is world-class but I think he is definitely beatable.
“He was put down in the first round against Vanes Martiroysan, which proves he can be hurt. I am confident of beating him.
“It won’t be the same sort of battle (as the Martiroysan fight). It will be a technical battle, which suits me down to the ground.”
Rose is already formulating a strategy for his American southpaw foe.
He said: “I’m going to have to take him out of his comfort zone because he likes to stand in the middle of the ring and bully his opponents
“I think I will have to get him on his back foot and make him do something he has never done before.
“I have never suited southpaws but it is something I will get over.
“I will have 12 or 13 weeks to prepare and I will be knocking southpaws out by the end of it! I will be getting awkward southpaws in (for sparring) who are hard to hit.
“In terms of technical ability we are both on the same level.
“Andrade is always thinking of throwing a punch and that’s what I do. I don’t throw anything wild and neither does he.
“I thought Andrade won by two or three rounds against Martiroysan but he made things hard for himself.
“The way I box, I would have taken Martiroysan to pieces and done a better job than Andrade.
“My confidence builds with every fight – from the British title it has just gone on and on from there.
“There are tougher fights out there than Andrade and I will prove it to the doubters out there.”
Rose is waiting to find out where and when the Andrade clash will take place.
He said of his Matchroom promotions team: “They are in talks and trying to get the fight over here, which is brilliant.
“It’s a dream to fight for a title at Madison Square Garden but it would also be a dream to fight in Blackpool as well.
“If I can get the whole of Blackpool behind me, I have more chance of winning that world title. That is all that matters to me.”