Peterborough super-middleweight Tariq Quaddus gets a title shot next week.
The 24 year-old from Gunthorpe meets Sam Couzens for the vacant British Masters Bronze belt in Whitwick, Leicestershire on Sunday, December 7.
Quaddus describes the title clash at Hermitage Leisure Centre as ‘a stepping stone to bigger things’ and goes into the eight-round fight boosted by sparring Chris Eubank jr.
He has sparred more than 50 rounds with Eubank jr in the countdown to this weekend’s hotly-anticipated grudge fight with Billy-Joe Saunders for the British, Commonwealth and European middleweight titles.
Quaddus said: “Chris is world class and getting in the ring with him is really tough.
“He keeps you under pressure and has a good dig in both hands.
“He was on fire when we sparred at a media work out the other week.
“He really went for it because the cameras were there - and it was tough.
“But I must be doing okay with him.
“If he was walking all over me, they would find other sparring partners to test him, but they keep inviting me back and every time we spar I feel as though I’m improving.
“Whatever Sam Couzens brings can’t be as much as Chris brings.”
Couzens has twice challenged for Southern Area honours in his 26-fight career and in July, he held unbeaten Chris Hobbs to a draw.
Quaddus hopes beating the 28 year-old from Titchfield will lead to more big fights in 2015.
He said: “There could be a Southern Area title fight next and a couple of years down the line, who knows?
“The British title was always my aim, but to get there is a big ask and I realise that now.
“I haven’t lost confidence in myself, but I realise how hard I will have to work to get to the top.
“You have to be special and work very hard to get to British-title level.”
Quaddus currently fits training in around his job and hopes a sponsor will help him fulfil his ring ambitions.
He said: “I know if I could dedicate myself totally to training that would make a massive difference.
“The fighters who reach the top are the ones who treat it like a full time job and unless I get a sponsor I can’t afford to do that.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Quaddus or who wants tickets for next week’s show should contact him on 07747-778485.