Joe Cordina fights in a ten-rounder for the first time on March 31 when the young Welshman tackles seasoned campaigner Andy Townend on the Anthony Joshua undercard.
The 26 year-old is pitched in against the former English champion in just his seventh pro outing and is delighted to have the chance to claim a WBA ranking on the Principality Stadium bill in his home country.
“This is the perfect fight for me to start 2018,” said Cordina. “It’s a big step up for me. Andy is a proven fighter, just look at his record – there’s a lot of knockouts against some decent names.
“There’s no doubting he’s dangerous so I’ll have to bring my A-game. I think I’m more than capable of beating him to win my first title but I’m sure he thinks similar, it’s a good fight for the fans.
“I’ve only been a professional for a year, so it’s only since then I’ve really started scouting the domestic division. Before that, I wasn’t too interested as my focus was on the amateur game.
“Andy also fought on the Bramall Lane show last year and put on a display so he’s got the experience of fighting on these big shows.”
On jumping from four rounds to ten in just five months, Cordina added: “I’m more than comfortable going the Championship distance.
“I live and train with three weight World champion Ricky Burns who is such an inspiration. Whatever he does, I do. You ask anyone how hard he trains and I’m holding my own fitness wise.
“It’ll be great to fight at the Principality Stadium again. I didn’t really have time to soak it all in last time but I’m grateful looking back I fought in front of so many people.
“I can look back with a smile and say I’ve boxed in front of 70,000 plus. To fight there twice is a massive and proud experience.
“I don’t want to be chucked into any old fights, they have got to be the right fights at the right time and this is certainly one of those. When Tony Sims says it’s time to come off the leash and push on, we’ll do so.”