Britain’s only ever world amateur champion took the belt with a points victory against Junior Witter and now faces Jason Welborn in his own backyard.
The silky southpaw is unbeaten in 14 fights and now wants to move to the next level.
"2013 has to be a good year for me. I want it to end with the Lonsdale Belt in a nice frame in our house plus the European title, too,” he said.
“That said, if I was offered (Amir) Khan, (Timothy) Bradley or (Kell) Brook straight after my next fight, I’d snap their hands off. I’m not calling them out – I’ve no right – but I’m 27 now and need to know exactly where I’m at. If I lost, I could still come again.
“I just want to stay healthy, keep busy and continue winning title fights so I have a great career. I’ve still got a long, long way to go to match the respect I had as an amateur.”
The Birmingham fighter thinks October’s unanimous decision verdict against Witter wasn’t a fair reflection of his ability and that Midlands Area champion Welborn, who has won 11 of his 12 pro fights, will offer little challenge.
“Forget Witter. No one looks good against him. Every opponent tells me I hit harder than they’d expected and if you sink your knuckles into anyone with those little eight ounce pro gloves on, trust me, you’re going to hurt ‘em,” he mused.
"On Friday night, I’ve got to go into the Black Country? Big deal! I’ve boxed Russians in Russia, Yanks in America so I’m hardly going to be fazed boxing less than ten miles up the road. I’m not worried about going there in the slightest.
“Welborn isn’t going to worry me. I half watched his Midland Area fight with (James) Flinn but didn’t really focus. He definitely made hard work of his last fight against a limited Czech. Then said he held him up cos he needed the rounds?! I don’t buy that.
“In a recent interview, Welborn said I’m still very amateurish. We’ll see on the night. People tell me he can really punch but my stoppage ratio is a lot higher than his and I’ve fought in far higher class.
“For the last three weeks, I’ve not seen my kids and it’s made me narky. Above all, I hate losing. I’ve not lost to a British kid for 12 years now and I definitely won’t be losing to him. I’m technically better, harder to hit, and I’ve really put it in, in the gym. I don’t just want to win, I want to look very good.”