Pauly Upton is adamant he can spring a surprise at York Hall on June 6 by relieving Ted Cheeseman of his WBA light-middleweight ranking title.
Upton boasts an unbeaten record of 15-0-KO3 heading into the contest and while he accepts he’s yet to face a fighter as good as Cheeseman (13-0-KO8), insists the step up will inspire him to new heights in performance.
Upton said: “I can only beat who they put in front of me and I’ve beaten everyone to date. I know Cheeseman is my biggest test but I’m also his biggest test.
“I deserve more recognition and hopefully after this fight, the public will start to notice me more.
“It’s a massive chance. These are the kind of fights you can really get up for. In this game, nothing comes easy and that’s especially true when you don’t have a big promoter.
“In order to get the big shots, you’ve got to take risky fights like this and hopefully it will pay off in the end.
“They only gave us four-and-a-half weeks’ notice but I’ve been training and ticking over just waiting for a call like the one I got.
“Beating Cheeseman will earn me a top ranking in Britain and a decent ranking with the WBA. I want a massive year after this fight and some shots at titles. Beating him will ensure I get those.”
Upton’s team-mate Sean McGoldrick is also on the card at the prestigious east London venue with Luke Watkins v Lawrence Okolie the headline act.
Watch Cheeseman v Upton live on Sky Sports from York Hall on June 6