News January 2012

VIDEO: Main Event Boxing Show


By @BarkeryJammeh

The latest edition of the Main Event Boxing Show, courtesy of Premier Sports channel, sky 433.

Guests include John Murray, Bobby Rimmer and Kenny Anderson.

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Brian Rose raring for Max Maxwell rematch


Brian Rose: ďThis time Iím mentally right for MaxwellĒ

By Michael J. Jones

Rose beats Prince Aaron

LIVEFIGHT was lucky to catch a word with reigning British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose ahead of his rematch with Max Maxwell on March 31. The Blackpool stylist makes the first defence of his recently-acquired domestic belt against a man who holds a six-round knockout victory over him. The loss came at a tough time in Roseís career; the fight came just months after 26-year-old Roseís traumatic bout with Jason Rushton. Rushton was rushed to hospital and went into a coma after being stopped in the last round.

Brian, now 18-1-1 (5), has come back well from his sole-defeat; he won the English belt against Lee Noble, stopped previously unbeaten Martin Walsh before turning in a boxing master-class to dominate Prince Aaron to lift the British belt. Most neutral observers didnít give the challenger a shot against the in-form Aaron but Rose put on the performance of his career to comfortably out-box the champion.
Hereís what the 6ft champion had to say-

LF) Hey Brian, howís training going?

BR) Itís going really well. I came up to Manchester a few weeks ago, Iíve based myself here full time for this fight. There are no distractions here so I can just concentrate on training.

LF) Not many gave you much of a shot at dethroning Aaron for the British belt; were you surprised at how easily you won that fight?

BR) No, I wasnít surprised. Iíd sparred Aaron in the past, I knew it was just a case of getting the tactics right. I knew if I got those tactics right I would be in total control of the fight.

LF) One of the judges scored for Aaron (making it a split decision); that seemed a bit strange?

BR) How that judge scored for him Iíll never know. I thought I only lost a couple of rounds and maybe drew a couple more.

LF) You fight Birminghamís Max Maxwell next. It was a fight you wanted as your first defence. Was it always your intention to win the British belt before avenging your only loss?

BR) Well it never made any sense fighting him again in a six or eight rounder; itíd be like going old ground for no reason. Now Iíve won the British title, I can make a voluntary defence so itís the right time now. My manager and trainer pick my fights but I was keen on fighting Maxwell again.

LF) Did you see Max Maxwellís one-round loss to Tom Doran last year?

BR) Yeah it was stopped too quickly; bad refereeing. Maxwell had Doran all over the place but as soon as Doran hit him it was waved off.

LF) What do you feel will be different in this rematch between you and Maxwell?

BR) Iíll be mentally stronger. The last fight I just wasnít mentally right after my fight with Jason Rushton (when he went into a coma). I took about nine months out after that fight and then got knocked out by Maxwell, it was obvious I wasnít right in there. Anyway I knew I needed to sort myself out before I could get back in the ring so I went to a psychologist to get my head right. It really helped talking about it and my worries. I came back with a six-rounder and was nervous for that one but since then Iíve felt back to normal again. This time Iíll be mentally prepared for Max Maxwell.

LF) Would you be willing to offer a prediction to the fight?

BR) I never like to predict my fights as I feel itís disrespectful to my opponents but I think Iíll box Maxwellís head off. Iím levels above him and Iíll show that Iím worthy of my British title and to be called the champion.

LF) Letís say you get past Maxwell, what kind of fights are you looking at afterwards this year?

BR) Matthew Hall and Sam Webb are fighting an eliminator soon so itíll be one of those too more than likely. You never know whatís going to happen, Erick Ochieng has just beaten Nick Quigley and that could be a fight thatís made soon. Thereís a lot of talent in the UK light-middleweight division and a lot of good potential fights to be made.

LF) Your division is probably the best domestically around right now?

BR) Yeah itís wide open; thereís me, Aaron, Webb, Bradley Pryce and Hall. Itís a red-hot division and it gives me extra motivation to train hard and keep focussed. Itís going to be hard to keep hold of this British title, I need to give every fight from now on 100%.


Tasha Jonas January Diary


By @TashaJonas

I boxed in Sweden last weekend but lost my bout to Helena Falk. Iíve boxed her four times now and Iíve won two and sheís won two. It was just one of those things. It was scored 24-21 and really close. I hate saying that because it just sounds like youíre whinging. Lets just say I may have thought Iíd won on a different day.

Itís only 6 months until the Olympics now but we only have a plan until March. We have a yearly diary but things change that often throughout the year that they just give it us every three months. We go to Brazil for two weeks on Sunday and when we get back thereís a tournament in Bulgaria. A week after that thereís a tournament in Russia and the week after that thereís a tournament in Poland!

Because there are three of us competing for the 60kg spot (myself, Chantelle Cameron and Amanda Coulson) I donít think Iíll get to go to all of the tournaments but if I had a choice - and I probably won't! - Iíd prefer to go to Bulgaria or Russia. The Bulgarian one is quite a big tournament because a lot of countries compete. The Russian one probably isnít as big but would be good because one of my main rivals is from there and I havenít boxed her yet. Iíd like to get those first time jitters out of the way.

The Brazil trip was supposed to be just a training camp but because so many countries are going to be there at the same time - Argentina, Peru, maybe Venezuela and a few other countriesĖ I think we are gonna get some bouts now. I havenít come cross many of the South American boxers before but the Brazilian girl (Adriana Araujo) did well in the world championships and only got beaten by Katie Taylor or Dong Cheng I think. She stopped a couple of her opponents in the worlds and is supposed to be quite strong so itíll be good to find out what sheís like.

Weíre going to Sao Paulo and itís supposed to be quite a poor area. There are rough parts everywhere though so as long as youíre sensible about where you go itíll be fine. Some people say Liverpoolís rough and it could be if you donít know where youíre going!

Iíll let you know how it went next month.

Until then,


VIDEO: Carl Frampton Interview


By @livefight

Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton talks to Kugan Cassius and iFilm London at the weigh-in of his title clash with Kris Hughes on Jan 28th 2012.


Jamie Moore Reflects On Thrilling Career


By Michael J. Jones

Livefight Interview: Jamie Moore, dynamic former light-middleweight star talks about the highlights of his thrilling career.

LIVEFIGHT recently caught up with former British, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore. The tough and tenacious Moore was involved in some of the best domestic fights seen in recent years against the likes of Matthew Macklin and Ryan Rhodes. The all-action southpaw looked set for a longed-for world title shot before his world came crashing down and he was sadly forced to retire. A brain-scan scare persuaded him to leave the sport for good aged just 31-years-old.
The former fan-favourite has kept firmly in the fight game since leaving the sport; he works with fighters with his former trainer Oliver Harrison as well as being a pundit on Sky Sports and running a company with former manager Steve Wood which sells boxing equipment.
Thereís no doubting Moore was a terrific fighter at his best and could have easily won a version of a world title if things had panned out a little differently. Jamie, 32-5 (23), beat some very good fighters in his hey-day such as Macklin, Sebastian Lujan and Italyís Michele Piccirillo. The Salford banger also had an unforgettable trilogy with Liverpoolís Michael Jones, winning two of the absorbing contests.
Still in terrific shape and enjoying a busy life, hereís what Jamie had to say-

LF) Hey Jamie, youíve been retired a couple of years now; do you ever get the itch to come back?

JM) All the time mate. I think, in a way, thatíll never leave me. I love boxing and I still miss it. Iíve always been competitive and yes, I still look at certain fighters and think ďI could have beaten himĒ, but Iím lucky Iíve stayed involved in the game.
I had a great career and Iím proud of that, but the one thing Iíd have changed is getting a world title fight. Just to have even fought for one would have been the icing on the cake. The trouble was, around the time I was fighting a couple of years ago, we were trying to get a champion to come over here and fight me. Itís changed now, people realise that itís fine to go abroad and take on the champion there. Iíd have loved that challenge and Iím sure at my best I would have won a fight like that.

LF) Going right back to your early pro years, you built an unbeaten record of 12-0 (7) before suffering your first loss to grizzled pro Scott Dixon. You were beating him comfortably until he caught up with you in the fifth; that must have been a humbling experience?

JM) Yes it was, but it was also the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I think it was about three fights later I fought Delroy Mellis and it was the first fight where I had to dig deep and come through it (Moore stopped Mellis in the sixth after being hurt earlier in the fight). As an amateur you never get prepared for moments like that; itís only three rounds so you canít get that shattered in a fight. Against Dixon, I was winning the fight but I was a bit nervous and could feel myself tiring. I put him down in the third and I actually panicked. I thought ďIím shattered here; Iíd better put him away now.Ē I went for the finish and couldnít end the fight. He beat me up the rest of the fight and stopped me. I was obviously heat-broken afterwards but that fight helped me so much to learn what it takes to fight through the fatigue. I like to think that fight made me the fighter I was to become a bit later. When youíre in a tough, hard fight and taking stick itís like thereís two voices in your head, one says ďgive in, you canít winĒ and the other says ďyouíre not f**king quitting, get through it.Ē

LF) A little while after that loss you won a six round decision over Akhmed Oligov. The fight was significant because, although you won well, it wasnít an impressive showing. It lead to you changing the way you trained. What did you change?

JM) It was just a flat performance, he was awkward but I just didnít box that sharply. Iíd not done the weight very well so I donít think that helped. The Sky team covering that six-rounder were very critical of my performance and it p**sed me off; not because they were wrong but because I knew I hadnít boxed well against Oligov.
Anyway, I wasnít happy so I got advice from (celebrated nutrition and diet expert) Kerry Kayes about my diet. I thought ďIíve lost one fight and donít want to lose any more so Iíve got to get this sorted.Ē I boxed six weeks later and the results of changing my diet were incredible.

LF) In your next fight you fought Liverpoolís Michael Jones for the British and Commonwealth titles. You were the underdog coming in but you absolutely put on a boxing clinic to win the belts?

JM) It was the Monday before that six-rounder (with Oligov) when I got the call to box Jones. He was meant to be boxing Paul Samuels. I knew Samuels had a history of pulling out of fights, so I said to myself ďif that fight comes up, Iíll be ready.Ē Couple of weeks later I was offered the fight and I took it straight away; no hesitation. I was very confidant going in, Iíd probably never been so confidant before a fight before. Iíd been sparring (Essex welterweight) Darren Bruce who was another tall fighter and was in the best shape of my life. I knew Iíd beat Jones even though I was the underdog. Even as an amateur Iíve always done well against taller, orthodox guys. I went into that fight with no doubt in my mind and beat him all night; totally out-boxed him. People always say some of my other fights I was better; getting off the canvas and that, but that was probably the best pure-boxing performance I ever had. I seemed to rely on my pressure after that but I never brawled once in that first Jones fight.

LF) A while after that fight you lost two fights back-to-back in bizarre circumstances; getting stopped on a hip injury to Ossie Duran (losing his Commonwealth titles) and then getting disqualified in your rematch with Michael Jones to lose the domestic belt. Those were a strange couple of fights?

JM) Well I had a few wins after Iíd won the British title but I had the hip injury before Iíd even got in the ring with Ossie Duran. Iíd done it in training during sprints. Anyway, I was getting married a couple of weeks after the fight so I went through with it as I needed the money. During the fight the hip Ďwentí straight away and I couldnít really move or punch properly. Richie Davies (the referee) told me after the second he was throwing me out but I asked for one more round. I still thought I could find a way to win but I was a sitting duck in the third. He hurt me with a right-hand and I was in a bit of trouble, nothing serious, but Richie jumped in and stopped it. It was fair enough, it was obvious I was badly injured.
The Jones rematch, as far as I saw it, he got hit (on the break) and went down and basically quit. He was up and looked ok but he just refused to carry on. The ref had no other choice but to throw me out. Jones felt he couldnít continue and itíd had been an illegal punch that did it so I was very mad about that. It just looked like heíd taken the easy way out.
I have five losses on my record but only two are genuine ones; Scott Dixon and Ryan Rhodes. Duran I was injured, I was disqualified against Jones and the last fight I lost (vs Siahei Khomtski) it was obvious I wasnít myself in there.

LF) There seemed to be a lot of tension going into the rubber match between you and Michael Jones?

JM) After the first fight we had, he was talking a lot of smack about me. He complained heíd had no southpaw sparring before our fight, he said he would never have lost to me otherwise and that he was a much better fighter etc. When we got the rematch I really wanted to beat him up again to show it had been no fluke last time. When I got disqualified, it just got even more heated. We wanted an immediate rematch but he kept holding off signing for it. In the end we had a fight lined up in America vs Teddy Reid on ESPN. We were looking forward to that but ended up as Jonesí mandatory. I was asked what I was going to do so, as I was one notch away from a Lonsdale belt outright, I took the third fight to set the record straight.

LF) I think the most surprising thing in the third fight was the fact Jones, who wasnít a puncher, had you down twice in the third?

JM) I can tell you, nobody was more f**king surprised as me when he dropped me! I think I may have had a bit of whip-lash going in. Iíd been sparring a 6í4Ē light-heavyweight and hurt my neck. Heíd caught me hard on the top of my head and it sent pain into my neck. I couldnít sleep properly or anything. I didnít think much of it but I think the punches affected me more in the fight (with Jones). He did catch me with a cracking shot though fair play (though Moore rallied to stop the champion in the sixth).
There was plenty of needle in those fights but Iím friends with Michael Jones now. We met up for a coffee two days after the third fight and had a good chat. In a sport like boxing itís going to wind you up and make you mad, but thatís why boxing is one of the best sports in the world. Two men can fight each other in a hard fight, but then shake hands and have nothing but respect for each other when itís finished. All the three men I had Ďfight of the yearí with, Iím now good friends with (Jones, Macklin and Rhodes).

LF) Letís talk about the war you had with Matthew Macklin (now world-rated and soon to be challenging middleweight king Sergio Martinez). For a while it looked like the fight may not happen but when it did it was a savage encounter. I hear before the fight you were instructed by Oliver Harrison to stand straight in front of Macklin?

Macklin now fights world no1 Martinez

JM) Before that fight happened we were angling for a European title fight. It was frustrating because I was ready then (in 2006) but ended up waiting another three years for my shot. I felt Macklin was putting pressure on me to vacate the British title. Not Matthew himself but Brian Peters (Macklinís manager), he was bullying me saying I was holding the title up and preventing them boxing for it. I told them I was just waiting for a European shot but they were saying I was scared of Matthew and threatening to enforce their mandatory status. I said to them straight ďNOBODY is telling me what to do, if you want to be made mandatory and fight me; do it.Ē I ended up fighting and beating Matthew but then not getting my European title shot (until three years later).
Oliver and me were talking about tactics and I said I felt the best way to fight him was to box him on the back-foot. Oliver said ďif you do that heíll walk right through you. The way to beat Macklin is to stand right in front of him and break his heart. Itís dangerous but youíre good enough to do it.Ē
In the fight, I just felt I was a bit cuter than he was. He was throwing everything at me, but I was picking my shots better. All the time I was on the ropes, rolling away and coming back with counter punches, it was all what we had worked on and it ended up working a treat (Jamie stopped Macklin in ten thrilling rounds).

LF) I have to ask about the fight you had with Argentinean contender Sebastian Lujan. At the time he came with a reputation of toughness but it ended up being an easy night for you. After you beat him Lujan went on a long unbeaten run, recently ended by top-rated American Mike Jones. Were you surprised how simple that fight was?

JM) Everybody said to me after that fight ďhe didnít turn up (to fight).Ē Iíd seen him fight before and thatís just the way he fights. He was sneaky, heíd do nothing for long periods and then suddenly try and shock you with a sudden burst of punches. When I fought him I just kept it simple; jabbed him and out-boxed him. He never got into the fight and only a couple of times did he try and shock me. Both times he opened up but I wouldnít let him back into things. Heíd given Antonio Margerito a tough, hard fight simply because Margerito stood straight in front of him and had a toe-to-toe war. I didnít do that, I boxed smartly. He was a strong fighter it wasnít that he ďdidnít turn up.Ē
I heard through his interpreters afterwards that he said I was ďjust too big and strong.Ē

LF) Two years after that fight you finally got your European title shot and didnít waste it, blowing away former world champion Michele Piccirillo in three rounds. That was some win over the experienced Italian?

JM) Yes, he was getting on a little bit (39-years-old) but hadnít long fought Vernon Forrest (losing in eleven rounds 15-months earlier). Heíd also fought Ricardo Mayorga and had gone the distance. That fight hadnít been long before either (four years previous).
Itís like I said earlier about fighting Michael Jones; that style of fighter I was always good at fighting. I could cut off the ring and chase them down easily as I was a southpaw. At the time of my fight with Piccirillo, I was having trouble with my shoulder. Because it was hurting I did quite a lot of training as an orthodox fighter. What Iíd do is, when I was sparring, Iíd start as a southpaw but if my shoulder hurt, Iíd switch stance. When I was chasing Piccirillo, heíd move left and think he was safe and Iíd change stance and be right on him. I could see straight away he was surprised by that. Also we had a small ring which helped.
I knew Iíd beat him but didnít expect it to be as early as it was, I was thinking itíd take maybe six-to-eight rounds. My tactics were to get in close and throw body-punches to slow him down. I was always a good body-puncher, but in the first I dug a hard body-punch in and he let out a gasp and I knew Iíd get to him quickly so I went after him. When the last punch sunk into his body, the second it landed I knew the fight was over there and then.

LF) You stopped another durable fighter in Roman Dzhuman to set up a WBC final eliminator against Ryan Rhodes. It was an amazing battle but you came off second best; it must have been hard losing that fight with a world title shot in your sights?

JM) It was a great fight with Rhodes but I had a few problems leading up to that fight. By this time I was struggling a lot to keep making the weight. Kerry Kayes told me it was time to move up to middleweight. I knew itís what I should have done, but Iíd waited so long to win the European title I wasnít prepared to give it up so soon after winning it. I said the Rhodes fight would be my last at light-middleweight, Iíd put my European title on the line plus it was a world title eliminator. It was terrible making weight;I knew I wasnít strong, I thought Iíd best try and take him out in the first few rounds because I knew if it got past three or four rounds, Iíd be finished. I tried but I felt weak, I was amazed how I made it into the seventh before he beat me.

It was gut-wrenching to lose that kind of fight but the one good thing was I lost to Ryan. I like Ryan heís a really nice kid and we go back a long way. I never wanted to lose but if I was to lose to anyone; I was glad it was to him.

LF) Moving on to your last fight, (a retirement defeat to Belarus underdog Siarhei Khomitski), you made the belated move up in weight but it was clear early on something was wrong with you?

JM) Well my brain scans had changed. I hadnít failed them but theyíd just changed. It happened twice before and I said to Oliver before the Rhodes fight; if itís changed a third time, donít tell me until after the fight. It played on my mind that three times the scans had changed so I went to see a neurologist. I had an operation on my bad shoulder so that was fixed and then I asked a specialist and I said what my concerns were and could he do tests on similar cases, the effects of boxing etc. I said I wanted to know how it may affect me down the line if I carried on boxing. He said heíd get back to me later on, before my next fight.
It was the Monday before my fight with Khomitski when (the neurologistís) secretary called me to say Iíd missed an appointment with him. I hadnít been told anything about it, but they said come down now to see him.
He told me about brains and how they work and what part of the brain does what etc. He told me straight that the changes could be nothing to do with boxing, but in his opinion it was very likely. He also said it effects different people in different ways but, in his opinion, staying in boxing will greatly increase the chances of their being problems later on in life. I called the wife who asked what was I going to do, I just said ďIíll get this fight out of the way and retire.Ē
When I got in the ring that night, it was worrying me just getting hit and every time I took a punch I was thinking about it and backing off. Oliver, who knew what the specialist had said, could see what was going on, that the commitment (to fight hard) wasnít there anymore. He pulled me out.

LF) What do you miss the most about being a fighter?

JM) Quite a few things, I miss the old routine; getting up, breakfast and then going to the gym. I miss the dedication of it all and the banter with the other fighters I trained with. I miss the nerves before a fight and the feeling of after a fight; itís like a roller-coaster where youíre scared and excited at the same time.
Iím quite lucky to have been able to stay in the game through my work with Sky Sports. I think if Iíd have walked completely away and worked on some building site, I may have come back by now and fought again. With (working as a pundit on) Sky shows I still get to go to the fights and get the old buzz. I went to Germany for the week of the Martin Murray-Felix Sturm fight, it was amazing. I saw all the build-up and got right into it. I thank Adam Smith (Sky Sportsí head of boxing) for the chance to be a part of Sky, so grateful to be able to stay in the game the way I have.

LF) Apart from your work with Sky Sports, youíre also busy with other ventures too I believe?

JM) Yeah I do quite a few different things; Iím a personal trainer, I train fighters in Steve Woodsí gym, I also help distribute supplements for CNP and have my own business with Steve Wood selling good-quality, but affordable, boxing equipment. Iím always very busy and I like it that way.

LF) Jamie Moore, one of the most exciting British fighters of all time, thank you.

JM) Thanks mate really good talking to you.

For more information about Jamieís boxing equipment business (VIP boxing) go to
VIP Boxing Equipment


Hatton Promotions: Barker snubs Murray offer


Press Release

DARREN BARKER'S team have turned down a big offer for him to meet British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Martin Murray.

Hatton Promotions, who want to stage the double title showdown in the spring were shocked when Barker's promoter Eddie Hearn turned down the high purse.

It shows Ricky Hatton's commitment to making fights that work for British boxing and willingness to work with rival promoters.

Hatton Promotions CEO, Ricky said: "I am not privy to what Darren earned when he fought Sergio Martinez last year, but I think our offer may have topped it or at worse been very close.

"Put it this way, it was a huge amount for somebody challenging for British and Commonwealth championship crowns.

"Eddie Hearn initially made an offer for Matchroom Boxing to stage the fight, which we bettered by a considerable amount.

"Eddie responded and only matched what we put on the table which was strange and added it was his final offer, but we again countered and bettered it by a fair amount.

"Eddie got back to my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon on Tuesday night refusing and said he 'thinks' that he has got Darren a world title fight in May.

"If Darren has got a world title fight for the sort of money Hatton Promotions are offering fair play to him, but this is a concrete offer and not a contest his promoter can 'think' will happen.

"I am sure Darren isn't running scared and would be tempted by our offer, but I cannot say the same about others in his team, although I hope Eddie proves me wrong on that.

"I will work with any promoter for the good of my fighters and I am sure Sky Sports would love their viewers to watch a fight between Martin and Darren."

Hatton is still hoping that Barker and his team come back to the table, but is now beginning to explore other avenues.

Murray would also accept against WBA Super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, who controversially drew with in December.

Hatton added: "One thing for sure, is that Martin will be involved in big fights in 2012 whether Barker wants to know or not."

VIDEO: Derek Chisora hitting the bags


Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora threw open the gym doors earlier this week ahead of his WBC title challenge against Vitali Klitscho.

Chisora, coming off a robbery against Robert Helenious, was already looking determined in camp. But did find time to share a few laughs in his usual style.

Maxwell: Im bring Rose's title back to Birmingham !


Max Maxwell; ďIím bringing the title home to BirminghamĒ

By Michael J Jones

Max with Richie Woodhall

BIRMINGHAM bruiser Max Maxwell is raring to go ahead of his British title shot at old foe Brian Rose. Speaking exclusively to Livefight, the 32-year-old oozed confidence with ten weeks still remaining to the domestic dust-up, a rematch of Maxwellís spectacular six-round knockout 19 months ago. That fight saw the then-unbeaten Rose build a tight lead on the scorecards before a huge right-hand flattened the Blackpool prospect. It is to-date by-far Maxwellís biggest win in an otherwise patchy career that has seen the Birmingham-based warhorse lose many close decisions on the road.

After claiming his finest victory, former Midlands champion Maxwell endured a disappointing 2011. Whilst Rose bounced back from his lone loss with title-winning efforts for first the English belt, and then an impressive dethroning of in-form domestic champion Prince Aaron, Maxwell suffered a controversial first-round stoppage to Welsh prospect Tom Doran. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the proud contender, who had dropped and rocked the Hatton-promoted prospect moments before being stopped on his feet. Maxwell calls it ďthe worst decision Iíve ever suffered in my life.Ē
In the weeks following Roseís win over Aaron the new champion made it clear who he wanted his first defence to be against, even announcing his intentions on social network site Facebook. The fight tops the bill in Roseís hometown of Blackpool on March 31.

ďI take my hat off to Brian Rose, I was a bit surprised to get a shot at him, but I give him respect for giving me this chance. Iím very happy he asked for this fight. He wants to prove himself the best in the division, starting with meĒ acknowledges Max.
Max, 15-10-3 (3), hasnít hit fully-intense training as of yet with over two months to go. The well-conditioned challenger is mindful of peaking at the right time, the Birmingham-based Jamaican rarely gets anywhere near this amount of notice before a fight.

The former Prizefighter semi-finalist was impressed with the championís British title-winning performance against Aaron. ďIt was a great win for Brian; he boxed (Aaronís) socks off. I really didnít think heíd win beforehand but it was very impressive from himĒ said Jon Pegg-trained Maxwell, who has also fought Aaron twice (drawing once and losing the return).

Max is predictably not daunted by facing Rose on his home turf, the tough veteran has rarely fought local to his native Birmingham; a fact that could explain so many controversial decision losses on his record.

ďWhen I fight away from home, thereís no pressure on meĒ explains Max, ďwhen I beat Rose, Iíll bring the title to Birmingham and then Iíll fight there.Ē
Does Max think that he can stop an improved and more confident Rose? ďAt the end of the day, itís not about knocking him out itís about taking that title by any means necessary. Iím going to be training hard, whether it goes one round or twelve, Iíll be fit to do a hard twelve-round fight come the end of MarchĒ promises the confident contender.

Despite their previous meeting, Brian Rose at 18-1-1 (5), coming off the best win of his career, with home-advantage and six years the younger-man, is a difficult proposition. Most neutral experts would bet their money on the younger, taller champion to box his way to a points decision, but one can never quite write off the grizzled veteran.

ďIím coming to win. Iím not going to say Iíll stop him or anything like that. It will be a hard fight where we both give 100% but Iím going to win that belt and bring it to Birmingham. I canít wait for the fight, Iím very confident of victory.Ē
Max Maxwell has done things the hard way; it would be a real Cinderella story if he were to upset Brian Rose a second time. Whether ďMad MaxĒ wins or loses we can be assured, as always, he would have given everything in pursuit of victory.


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