Carson Jones is aiming to make a winning return to the UK when he faces ‘basic’ Brian Rose on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
The American, who is remembered on these shores for his two fights with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, claims Rose is a fighter of limited capabilities and is confident of victory.
Jones gave Brook a real scare in their first fight, breaking the Sheffield star’s nose before losing a majority decision in 2012, but was stopped inside eight rounds when they met in a rematch the following year.
The 28-year-old was originally due to face Rose in January but the fight was moved to this weekend after headline act Anthony Crolla was attacked and forced to pull out of his title defence.
Jones, who boasts a record of 36 wins (KO 26), 10 defeats (KO 3) and three draws, believes the delay has been to his advantage as he aims to land the vacant WBC International light middleweight title.
“I’m very excited to return to the UK and put on a great show,” said Jones. “I had a great camp and the postponement gave me more time to work on some different things and be better prepared for Rose.
“I feel great competing at light middleweight and making the weight isn't a problem for me, I actually fought at this weight in the beginning of my career.
“I have said prior Brian Rose is pretty basic and you will see on Saturday just how basic he is.”
Rose, 26 (KO 8), 2, (KO 2), 1, is aiming to get back on the world title trail after his bid to win the WBO was ended in seven rounds by Demetrius Andrade in New York last June.
The 29-year-old returned to winning ways by blowing away Ignacio Lucero Fraga in one round in October but admits against Jones he cannot afford to lose.
“Boxing only lasts so long,” Rose told Sky Sports last month. “I want to give it one more big push to win a world title, so February 14 is must win.
“I won't step back down to British title level. No disrespect to the guys there, but I am finished with that level. So, if I get beaten at this stage then I am done, as I want to be a world champion.
“I have given myself a level to operate at, and that is world level. Losing to Carson Jones means it is not worth carrying on, as I am not going to stick around to get beaten.
“I am that confident though of beating him, going on to get a world title shot, and this time performing to my best.”
Jones’ clash with Rose is part of a great night of action in Blackpool with eight determined contenders lining up for the Prizefighter Middleweights II.
There’s five unbeaten fighters risking their 100 per cent records, local favourite Jack Arnfield, Irishman Luke Keeler, Wales’ Tom Doran, Preston’s Mick Hall and Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham.
Former finalist Cello Renda is aiming to go one better while youngsters Liam Conroy and Luke Crowcroft can give their careers a massive boost with victory.