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Brian Rose and Lee Selby tipped to win on Saturday by Jim Watt

Jim Watt Posted 18th April 2013 view comments

Brian Rose faces the biggest test of his career so far when he takes on former world champion Joachim Alcine live on Sky on Saturday.

The British light-middleweight champion has produced some really good performances recently but he steps up from domestic level this weekend against an experienced Canadian and his performance against Alcine will indicate whether he has what it takes to target world class opponents in the future.

Rose: Stepping up on Saturday

Rose: Stepping up on Saturday

Defeat to a 37-year-old would suggest Rose is limited to domestic and European battles but if he wins - as I expect him to do - he can start to target more ambitious goals.

Alcine, though, must be respected, despite being knocked out by Matthew Macklin in one round last time out. That fight was at middleweight but at 154lbs the Haiti-born boxer is a good, tricky fighter who will cause Rose problems he hasn't had to deal with before.

Rose is well schooled and a solid, thoughtful boxer who makes very few mistakes in the ring.

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However, Alcine, despite only losing to good fighters in his career, has been stopped in each defeat, which suggests he is a bit short of top draw.

In the other corner, Rose is well schooled and a solid, thoughtful boxer who makes very few mistakes in the ring. That composure will be important on Saturday night because Alcine is the kind of boxer who will try to frustrate him - but if Rose can keep his head, even if his punches aren't landing cleanly, this could be a good name on his record. And maybe then he can start moving up the division rankings properly.

Alcine can cause problems to anyone but the fact he's travelling to Blackpool for this fight suggests he is perhaps not getting the opportunities he'd hope for anymore and I'm predicting a convincing points win for Rose.

Talent

We'll also get to see, in the words of Eddie Hearn, 'the brightest British talent' in action on Saturday night.

Rising star Lee Selby defends his Commonwealth flyweight title against Australia's Corey McConnell and I have to say I agree with Eddie's assessment of the 26-year-old.

Selby is in a tough division domestically but he seems to have handled his British opponents with ease so far. I have a good opinion of Martin Lindsay but Selby not only looked like he was in a different class but like he was in a different class at a different weight when he beat him in February.

The Welshman is a tremendous prospect; he's strong, he's powerful and he's big at the weight. He's also a naturally confident kid and things are going great for him at the moment.

I'm looking forward to seeing how far he can take that talent and his fans should be able to enjoy another impressive performance - and likely stoppage win - on Saturday, as his opponent doesn't seem to have any power at all.

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