Frankie Gavin believes he has bigger fish to fry than Jason Welborn as he prepares to defend the British welterweight title against his local rival.
Birmingham's Gavin, Britain's only world amateur champion, faces Black Country challenger Welborn at a sold-out Walsall Town Hall in a rare local outing.
The bout is Gavin's first title defence having picked up the famous Lonsdale belt against former world champion Junior Witter in November and he is keen to stay busy.
The 27-year-old hopes to beat Welborn and defend the belt two more times before moving to European and world level as quickly as possible.
"I've been told I'll be fighting again in April and then in June," Gavin said. "Then in September I want another fight, perhaps for the European title or maybe an international or interim world title. By the end of the year I'll be ready for a world title.
"It's important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two further defences don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or something different of that stature then I'll take it.
"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me.
"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."
While Welborn can hardly boast the pedigree and technical acumen of his accomplished opponent, Gavin cannot take the Rowley Regis fighter lightly.
"Gavin's a good boxer and will expect me just to come forward, missing my shots and making him look good," the 26-year-old (11-1, 5KOs) admitted.
"But I've been working on technique and will be taking the fight to him, so if he thinks he can stand with me then he can try it.
"In my recent fight against Scott Haywood I broke the guy's jaw and I wasn't even trying to do that, it just came because of my technique and my looseness. I don't try to force the big shots, they just come."
Friday night's joint bill-topper sees Walsall's Martin Gethin clash with Hove's Ben Murphy for the vacant British lightweight crown.Tags: Frankie Gavin