Frankie Gavin knows Jason Welborn will be doing all he can to rip the British welterweight title from his grasp when the pair go toe-to-toe on January 18.
Gavin claimed the Lonsdale belt with a points victory over veteran Junior Witter in November, a result that means he is now 14-0 as a professional.
"Jason Welborn will do everything he can to get close to me and knock me out but I've got different feelings about that."
The Birmingham fighter, who is now ranked in the top 10 in Europe, won't have to go far for his first defence either - he's facing Welborn at the Town Hall in Walsall.
"Nobody wanted to fight Witter, nobody was calling him out except me," said the 27-year-old. "I got myself into the mandatory position and did what I had to do to get the best of him.
"The dust has settled on that and it's about defending the title now. Jason Welborn will do everything he can to get close to me and knock me out but I've got different feelings about that.
"I'll use my ring smarts and ring craft and hopefully will have too much for him.
"It's going to be a great atmosphere. He sells a lot of tickets, I do too, it's going to be packed. It's great for me to be back in my local area in a Brum v Black Country scrap."
Gavin admits he would like the chance to keep the Lonsdale strap outright - but he won't hang about if the fights don't come along quickly as he wants to move on for European glory in 2013.
"It's very important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two defences don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or something different of that stature then I'll take it," he added.
"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."
Welborn, who will have plenty of support at the venue after selling all his tickets, was happy to postpone Christmas festivities in an attempt to try and fulfil his dream.
"It's two local lads fighting in the local area and you don't often get fights like this," he said. "That's why tickets have just flown out - he's sold all of his and I've sold all mine. We're trying to get more.
"I've got to be good over Christmas but this is my Christmas present, to get that belt. I felt it earlier and I want it."
Martin Gethin will also be in action the same bill, the local favourite taking on Ben Murphy for the vacant British and Commonwealth lightweight belts.
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