Javier Maciel determined to ruin Brian Rose's world title dream in Sheffield

Last Updated: 21/10/13 1:57pm

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Brian Rose: Targeting a world title shot (pic by Lawrence Lustig)

Brian Rose: Targeting a world title shot (pic by Lawrence Lustig)

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Javier Maciel believes his world title woe will spur him on to defeat Brian Rose in Saturday's crucial light-middleweight clash.

Rose faces Maciel on the undercard of the Kell Brook-Vyacheslav Senchenko welterweight fight, live on Sky Sports, in a final eliminator for the WBO title.

"This is one of the most important fights of my career because it would mean another chance to fight for a world title, and this time I'll be better prepared and more experienced"
Javier Maciel

The Argentinian failed in his first step-up to the top level, losing on points to WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog in 2011.

But Maciel insists this painful setback has given him more motivation as he prepares to battle Rose in Sheffield this weekend.

"This is one of the most important fights of my career because it would mean another chance to fight for a world title, and this time I'll be better prepared and more experienced," said Maciel.

"I've mainly been sparring with Mike Jones and Carlos De Leon Jr in Las Vegas. I've seen various videos of Rose. He has a good boxing style, he's compact.

"It's going to be a difficult fight but I'm going to bring it to him to be able to get the win.

"I don't mind where the fight is held because I just have to focus myself on winning by any way possible. I'm feeling pretty calm and ready to bring home a victory for Argentina.

"We're ready for each fight to go 12 rounds. I'll be calm in there and do things in the best possible way."

Physically stronger

Maciel stepped down a division after the defeat and has won eight of his last nine fights by knockout.

The 29-year-old has warned Rose to expect a fighter who is mentally and physically stronger.

"Firstly I had an injury in my left hand which didn't allow me to be at 100 per cent," said Maciel.

"I just wasn't prepared mentally to be a world champion. My amateur career was pretty short and I hadn't had that many professional fights at the time. I lacked experience and I lacked preparation.

"I take it all as a good experience though, and right now I'm a completely different fighter.

"Light-middleweight is better for me. My rivals were weighing almost 80kg on fight night and I don't get up to that weight myself, so I think now I'm at my ideal weight class."

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