Sam Maxwell knows claiming the WBO European super-lightweight title against Kelvin Dotel on Saturday will make him a target for domestic rivals.
The heavy handed ‘Super’ (10-0-KO8) faces Spain’s Dotel on Frank Warren’s Leicester show – live on BT Sport – and is relishing the prospect of significant exposure in his first title fight as a professional.
Maxwell said: “With a big win on TV and a title to my name, I’ll be in the perfect position to book more fights against big names in the division like Ohara Davies.
“Davies has always one I have wanted to face in the future because I want to test myself against the best fighters domestically.
“As a professional, sometimes I’ve fought without pressure because I’ve fought so early or so late and cards and not many are around to see it. Therefore I’m under less pressure to look good. Now I have that extra push.
“I know Dotel’s record and that he’s beaten a few good guys. He’s fought at a good level and is not someone I can afford to overlook.
“I’ve watched some of his fights on YouTube and he looks like a solid all-round boxer. He’s got a good textbook guard, he’s got speed and he’s got power, so it’ll be a good fight.”
Maxwell was last in action back on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton undercard back in December, when he became only the second man to stop Jamie Quinn in more than 80 fights.