Chatteris featherweight Jordan ‘The Thrill’ Gill puts his punching power to the test next week.
Gill has been matched with George Gachechiladze on a Channel Five-televised show in Derby a week on Saturday (July 25).
They meet over six rounds on a show that’s topped by Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell defending his British middleweight title against Damon Jones.
Last March, Gachechiladze boxed for the vacant WBO European super-bantamweight title, losing in 10 rounds to Zsolt Bedak.
The 28 year-old Georgian’s record also shows inside-the-distance losses to ex-British champion Gary Buckland and Kiko Martinez, the Spaniard who this weekend looks to regain the IBF super-bantamweight title from Scott Quigg in Manchester.
Gill said: “I’ve looked at his record and if they can stop him, why can’t I ?
“I’m told that he’s short and tries to swing them in when you don’t expect it. I have to be switched on, but I’m confident that if I box how I can, I will get the openings and be able to get him out of there.
“I haven’t got a lot of stoppage wins on my record (two in 13 fights), but I haven’t been trying to knock people out.
“I’ve just been getting the rounds in and, as I go up the levels, I’m sure the stoppages will come. That’s what’s happened with Josh Warrington and I’m sure it will be the same for me.”
Warrington used winning the English featherweight title as a stepping stone to claiming British, Commonwealth and European honours - and Gill is planning to follow in his footsteps.
The British Boxing Board of Control paired Gill with Jamie Speight for the vacant English title - and the fighters are waiting to hear when it will go ahead.
There were no purse bids for the fight last month, but Gill says promoter Mick Hennessy is keen to stage the fight in the new season.
Gill has been in the gym every day since his last fight, a six-round points win over Barrington Brown in Sheffield March.