Josh Leather has eyes on the British title, once he dispatches of Sunderland fighter Glenn Foot.
The confident Guisborough boxer goes toe-to-toe with Foot on Saturday night in their super lightweight IBF European title bout on the undercard of Frank Warren’s Liam Smith v Liam Williams rematch at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
And Leather is certain he will maintain his unbeaten professional record (12-0-0) against challenger Foot.
In fact, he’s already got eyes for his next opponent – with his sights firmly set on a Lonsdale belt encounter with Jack Catterall, who outpointed Tyrone Nurse to get his hands on the coveted strap last month.
“After this fight, get Glenn out the way, I want Jack Catterall,” said the 25-year-old.
“Hopefully, after this fight we can start upping it from there. I want to fight the very best.
“That is massive for me and the region.
“It is what I want to happen after Saturday.
“Hopefully, Frank will do his best to sort that one out for me.”
Foot heads into the bout on the back of a points win over Nathan Hardy, in which he bounced back from losing his English title to Akeem Ennis Brown at the Stadium of Light last summer.
That loss, coupled with an earlier career defeat to Sam Eggington, is a big factor in the eventual outcome, according to Leather.
He said: “He is experienced but at the end of the day he knows what it’s like to get beat. He will get beat again.
“I am certain I will keep winning on what looks set to be a massive bill.
“I can’t wait to get in there and do the business.
“I am stronger, fitter and faster. All the boxes are ticked.
“It is a big fight for the North East. We have two fighters with a rivalry - Sunderland v Teesside.
“I am 100% confident I will beat Glenn Foot – that’s why I set the fight.”
Leather, who is likely to go face-to-face with Foot on Thursday at the final press conference after a no show earlier this summer, continued: “I am more than ready for this.
“I just want to fight the best in the top 10. Glenn is definitely one of the best, but I am only looking to keep moving forward. I will beat whoever is in front of me.”