Tariq Quaddus has been told he could be fighting for the British title by the end of the year.
He’s matched with tough-as-old-boots Mark Till in Swindon on Friday, February 13 - and the 24 year-old from Peterborough could then challenge for Southern Area honours.
Manager Keith Mayo is backing Quaddus to win the belt at either light-heavyweight or super-middleweight and move on to win bigger titles.
Quaddus had a great 2014 - winning all six fights and picking up the British Masters Bronze light-heavyweight title to climb up to No 12 in the British rankings on top website Box Rec - and Mayo says the former amateur star has a big year ahead.
He said: “I think Tariq’s ready to step up and there’s no reason why he can’t move on and box for the English and maybe even the British titles this year.
“There’s no rush, but he’s sparring tough, world-class lads like Chris Eubank jr, is giving as good as he’s getting and is progressing all the time.
“Tariq was back in the gym straight after his last fight and that shows how much he wants it.
“We’ve just got to get Tariq through his next fight and then see what’s out there.”
Bushey ticket-seller Miles Shinkwin currently holds the Southern Area light-heavyweight title and Lee Markham wears the belt down at super-middleweight.
Mayo says he’s “made enquiries” about both titles already, but added: “We’re fully focussed on Tariq’s next fight. We are not looking beyond his next opponent.”
Till is the next opponent in a six-rounder at Oasis Leisure Centre.
His 13-fight record shows more losses than wins, but the 27 year-old from Stoke-on-Trent has been fighting on the road against good prospects and usually doesn’t lose by much.
Tickets for the show in Swindon are available from 07747-778485.