Kris Carslaw Fully Focused To Capture WBO Euro Gold
Determined Kris Carslaw insists he has learned from past failures and is now ready to claim his first European title.
The Paisley light-middleweight takes on Michel Soro in Le Cannet on Saturday night for the Frenchman's WBO European crown.
It is the joiner's latest chance to win a major prize after three previous attempts ended in failure.
But Carslaw is confident he can upset favourite Soro - who has 19 wins, 12 by knock-out, from 20 professional fights - and triumph on his first professional jaunt overseas.
He said: "I can definitely beat him. I wouldn't put myself through all this training if I didn't believe I could.
"I know if I box to my best I can get a result. I believe I can beat anyone on my day."
Carslaw has been tipped to make the step up from talented prospect for a number of years, but found the difference in class tough when it came to scrapping for honours.
He was left nursing a broken jaw after a painful British title final eliminator defeat to Matthew Hall at the end of 2011.
And his first attempt at the Lonsdale belt ended in a points defeat to Brian Rose in Manchester last June.
He had hoped November's eight-man Prizefighter contest in London would offer him another chance to move up the rankings, but fell in the semi-finals to eventual winner Larry Ekundayo following a lethargic display.
However, the 28-year-old insists the lessons of those setbacks have been imprinted firmly on his mind.
"In my own opinion, I didn't box well enough on Prizefighter," Carslaw added. "I should have come out and shown more but I didn't and it was a disappointing end to what had been a good year for me.
"However, if I could get a result in France, that would be a great start to 2013.
"The fight I learnt most from was the Matthew Hall defeat. But I just haven't been able to make it happen since then. This time though I just have to win and I believe I can."
Carslaw has shed 15lb in just four weeks to get himself ready for the bout, but claims he is in top condition.
"I was given four weeks' notice for the fight but that has been long enough," he said. "I've dropped from 12st 3lb to 11st and my training has gone well.
"I always put weight on between fights but I dieted well over Christmas and was able to take the weight off easily enough.
"I did it gradually so I haven't worn myself out either."
Carslaw also a game-plan which he believes could unnerve his 25-year-old opponent, a former world title challenger.
He added: "Soro is an orthodox fighter and, as far as I know, he has never fought a southpaw. So my game-plan will be to start southpaw and take it from there.
"I'm a switch-hitter so if it is not going to plan I can always switch round back to orthodox.
"He looks a decent fighter. I've watched few of his bouts on YouTube so I'm ready for him."