JONSON McClumpha hopes to clinch his first professional title at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, writes Roy Kelly.
But the Sunderland fan already has his sights set on fighting for the world championship at his beloved ground.
First though, the 23-year-old must see off dangerous Doncaster fighter Jason Ball in their International Masters middleweight match at Summer Rumble 4.
McClumpha has suffered several set-backs in a career which promises much.
But he hopes the top of the bill 10-rounder will be the first of many title fights.
“Definitely,” he told the Echo.
“I’ve felt my career has been the start of something big since 2010!
“I’ve had to do a bit of waiting, but my goal is to fill the Stadium of Light.
“I’d love to fight for a world title here.
“That’s what I want more than anything.
“To get a huge crowd at Sunderland would be the pinnacle of my career.
“I’ll go down any route, if the right fights and right money are put in front of me then I’ll take them.
“But that’s my dream.”
McClumpha though is unlikely to have it easy against Ball at tomorrow’s open-air spectacular.
The 30-year-old may have a losing record with 16 defeats in 25 outings, but he is no mug.
While McClumpha has endured an interrupted run of contests, Ball has been busy and been involved in four title appearances.
In terms of quality, the Sunderland ace ticks all the boxes, but his rival from Yorkshire has won both the Central Area championship and International Masters Silver crown on away soil.
But McClumpha has trained well under the guidance of coach David Binns in Peterlee.
“My coach is happy with how it’s gone and now I just can’t wait to get in there,” said the gifted middleweight.
“I’ve been sparring with Glenn Foot, Isaac Macleod, who is a top talent and will be making his pro debut in September, Darren Richardson, who is really coming on, and a few good lads in our gym.
“I’ve done some good 10-round sets and now I can’t wait for the real thing.”
Fellow Sunderland boxers Foot and Lee Mould will also be in action on a seven-bout bill.
Tickets are available on the day at the Stadium Of Light, where doors will open at noon with boxing due to start at 2pm.
Fans are invited to the after-show party at the Grosvenor Casino in Sunderland city centre, but will require photo ID for admission unless they are members of the casino.