Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Maciel, Rose meet in eliminator
By Dan Rafael
On Nov. 9, Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade meet for a vacant junior middleweight title in Corpus Christi, Texas. But even before the fight begins, they will know who the winner's mandatory challenger will be.
That is because Argentina's Javier Maciel (27-2, 20 KOs) will take on England's Brian Rose (24-1-1, 7 KOs) in Sheffield, England on Saturday (AWE, 3 p.m. ET) in the final eliminator to determine the mandatory for the Martirosyan-Andrade winner.
Maciel, 29, is counting on his previous world title fight experience to be a big help. In March 2011, Maciel traveled to Russia and lost a somewhat competitive unanimous decision to then-middleweight titlist Dmitry Pirog.
"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," Maciel said. "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."
Maciel, who has won nine fights in a row since the loss to Pirog, went to Russia for a title shot, so he has no problem going to England for an eliminator.
"I don't mind where the fight is held because I just have to focus myself on winning by any way possible," he said. "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."
Maciel said when he fought Pirog, he went into the bout with an injured left hand.
"I had an injury in my left hand which didn't allow me to be at 100 percent," he said. "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."
Rose, 28, the former British junior middleweight champion, is riding a 10-fight winning streak since 2010.
In Saturday's main event, hometown favorite Kell Brook and former titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko meet in a welterweight title eliminator. Anthony Joshua, the 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight Olympic gold medalist, will also appear in his second professional bout as he takes on Paul Butlin in a six-rounder.