Linares vs Crolla II: Jack Arnfield and Brian Rose are the latest fighters to battle for bragging rights in Britain
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 23/03/17 12:08pm
Blackpool duo Jack Arnfield and Brian Rose join a list of British fighters who have battled for bragging rights in recent years.
Arnfield will settle his local rivalry with Rose on the undercard of Anthony Crolla's world title rematch with Jorge Linares this Saturday at Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports.
There is an old adage in sport that form goes out the window when rivals from the same region face off against each other, as familiarity among friendship circles and inner pride brings out the best in competitors.
Boxers are no different, and while the 27-year-old Arnfield comes into the contest in good form having beaten John Ryder in September, his opponent nicknamed 'The Lion' must not be written off, despite only having had one quick warm-up fight win since losing to Matthew Macklin last year.
We look back at recent derbies which have captured the imagination.
Battle of Manchester
Crolla v Murray, April 19, 2014
Former gym-mates and friends put everything on the line, but it was Anthony Crolla who came out on top after stopping John Murray inside 10 rounds.
Murray started off in typically bullish fashion, marauding forward and trying to overwhelm 'Million Dollar.' As the rounds went on, it was Crolla who was able to keep his boxing shape together and use his jab to take control.
Murray started to look visibly fatigued as the fight entered the second half and it was Crolla who took advantage to earn the stoppage.
Battle of Liverpool
Smith v Fielding, November 7, 2015
In a fight billed as 'Whose Fooling Who', it was Callum Smith who dramatically won the British super middleweight title after knocking out Rocky Fielding in the first round at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
'Mundo' found his range from the bell and threw a big right hand to floor Fielding in the first 30 seconds. The 'Rocky from Stocky' beat the count, but a powerful body shot would send him to the canvas again for a second time.
Fielding did well to beat the count again and even rallied to momentarily buzz his rival, but it was Smith who would end the contest with a left hook to make history and join his three other siblings as a holder of the British belt.
Battle of Brixton
Whyte v Lewison, October 7, 2016
Dillian Whyte settled his pre-fight war of words with Ian Lewison after halting his fellow Brixton man in the 10th round to win the vacant British heavyweight title.
'The Bodysnatcher' was patient throughout, investing a lot of his work to his opponents body before upping his work rate as the rounds continued to cause severe facial damage and force the eventual stoppage.
Battle of Birmingham
Eggington v Gavin, October 22, 2016
Sam Eggington and Frankie Gavin produced one of the fights of the year last October in Birmingham.
Round six will live long in local folklore with Eggington dominating the opening two minutes of the session, firing shots and rocking Gavin's head back before a sickening body shot eventually led to the referee administrating a standing eight count. But Gavin fought back in the last minute of the round, biting down on his gum shield and teeing off on Eggington. There was a glance of respect between the pair after an epic three minutes.
'The Savage' would eventually stop Gavin in the 8th session in a fight which epitomised the meaning of territorial pride.
Watch Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla II and a packed undercard, live from the Manchester Arena, from 7pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 1.