Ash Lane is convinced he will silence singing sensation Robbie Turley when he defends his Commonwealth super-bantamweight championship this month.
The S4C cameras will be at the Newport Centre on Saturday, October when Lane puts his belt on the line in the top-of-the-bill fight.
Lane makes a pretty good case for beating the 31 year old former champion who’s won the Voice of the Valleys singing competition.
The adopted Bristolian said: “He’s been out partying, enjoying himself and singing – and has only had 12 weeks to get ready for a fight against a strong, fresh champion who’s got momentum and believes in himself now.
“I’ve heard he’s had to lose a couple of stones and that’s not good for you.
“For a few rounds, he will probably feel great, but with my intensity and the amount of punches I’m going to be throwing, his legs will start to go and the body shots will take it out of him.
“The last four rounds will be completely one sided. I think I will stop him.
“The more I think about it, the more confident I get !
“Boxing is about timing and this fight has come at the right time for me.
“He’s on the way down and I’m ready to take over.”
Lane says he sparred Turley around a year ago – and much has changed since then.
“The spars were 50-50 and since then, I’ve stayed in the gym and he’s gone out partying,” said Lane, originally from the Far Cotton gym in Northampton that’s also produced Chantelle Cameron and Ultimate Boxxer winner Drew Brown.
“I have come on so much since then. I have the belief now and I’ve got momentum. I’ve been sparring Andrew Selby and he wasn’t a level or two above me the way he used to be.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into him on television. It’s a great fight to builds my profile and earn some more recognition.”
Lane says he’s chatted to Jazza Dickens about fighting him for vacant British title and says a move back down to 8st 6lbs is also a possibility.
“I’m not the sort of fighter who needs 12 weeks to prepare for a fight,” he said.
“If I can make the weight properly, I will fight anyone.”