Sam Maxwell will battle Kelvin Dotel for the WBO European super-lightweight title on February 23.
Liverpool’s Maxwell (10-0-KO8) gets his big chance against the Spaniard in Leicester – live on BT Sport – and is poised to show the arena and a televised audience just what a threat he poses to the big names at 140lbs.
Maxwell said: “This is my biggest fight yet and my first chance to show myself on the big stage. I plan to win my first pro title and blast onto the scene here.
“I know if I get through this fight like I know I can, I’ll be noticed and it’ll be the start of a big year for me. It feels real now and I’m beginning to get properly excited.
“Fighting for a title makes it that much easier to push myself. I’ll be going that little bit further than normal because I’ve got real fire in my belly with something so meaningful to aim for.
“I’m keen for people to see how good I am. Sometimes when I’ve performed well, I think: ‘I wish that had been on TV.’ Now I’m high up on a card in a title fight, I’ve got the screen time and I hope the fans like what they see.”
Maxwell has blasted his way to a degree of prominence since turning professional in late 2016, with only two of his 10 opponents taking him a four and six-round distance.
‘Super’ faced elite fighters such as Vasyl Lomachenko during an illustrious amateur career.