Former Team GB sensation Sam Maxwell is confident he can harness the pressure of his first professional title fight at the Leicester Arena on Saturday night.
The heavy-handed Liverpudlian (10-0-KO8) faces Kelvin Dotel for the WBO European super-lightweight crown live on BT Sport and rather than try to dispel the nerves, he’s looking to channel them.
Maxwell said: “I’m excited. There are definitely a few nerves around. I’ve put a bit of pressure on myself because I really want to perform on the night.
“It’s important when you get chances like this to look good so that people want to see more of you. I know I box well when I’m relaxed and focused but this show is a prime spot so it’s a balance between that and sheer excitement.
“This is the chance to show my levels so it’s only going to have an effect on my performance in a positive way. I want to be my best yet and I know I will do just that on the night.
“I think I’m right up there when it comes to the best-kept secrets in boxing. I feel my 10 fights so far have gone under the radar so I’m hoping to show people what I’m really about on Saturday.”
Joining Maxwell on a busy bill is Maxwell’s unbeaten MTK Global team-mate Troy Williamson (8-0-1-KO5), who returns to action against Yasin Hassani (4-1-KO4).