That attitude came to the fore in Kara-France’s last outing in Melbourne earlier this year, when he won a split-decision call over highly regarded Brazilian Raulian Paiva.
Paiva came into the fight riding a three-year, 12-fight win streak and thought of as a potential flyweight title challenger, if he could get past the Kiwi.
But Kara-France imposed his will on the fight, surviving one or two scary moments to score the win on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
“It was a tough fight, but I thought I had done enough to get the win. It was always going to be close – he came in with an 18-1 record, so he’s no novice.
“Same with this fight – Mark will be a tough opponent. He’s durable, he is a great grappler, so I’m sure my wrestling will be tested, but we are more than ready for that.
“I actually met him [de la Rosa] in Melbourne earlier this year, so I’ve had a chance to size him up (laughs).
“He’s coming off a loss, so he’ll be hungry to take that win off me, but you know, I’ve had that time off to nurse a few injuries and I’m feeling really excited.”
For more from Kai Kara-France including his fight plans for the rest of the year, listen to the full episode here.