Tyler Goodjohn is confident he can put himself in the frame for a tilt at the British light-welterweight title.
Having defeated Danny Connor on points in an eliminator for the English belt last month, the Wentworth puncher has taken a big step forward in his efforts to break into the big time.
Goodjohn, 22, who could be back in the ring again as soon as March, said the victory meant he could put his personal battle with Connor to bed – the boxers had each won one of their previous encounters – and concentrate on the future.
The International and British Masters champion said: “The big thing with last year was getting revenge over Danny Connor and although it’s great to stop people, and I’d done that in my previous three fights, I just wanted to go out there and out box him.
“In all the interviews before the fight he was saying I couldn’t box, I was only a brawler, and after battling with each other at the press conference and the weigh-in, I think a lot of supporters thought I was just going to go in there and try to bomb him out.
“I didn’t say anything to anyone about how I was going to box, but I stuck to the game plan for 10 rounds and it was mission accomplished.
“I’m mandatory for the English title now and if I win that, the British champion (Darren Hamilton) has only got to defend his title once more and he’ll have won it outright and will vacate that. Winning the English title could mean a shot straight at the British, so this year is going to be a massive year for me.
“Although I’ve only had 12 fights and I’m going to be meeting people who have had 30, I feel ready for it now and picking up experience of 10 and 12-rounders is only going to help me.”
Goodjohn praised trainer Peter Sims for his resurgence over the last 18 months.
He said: “I’ve come on so much and Peter has been unbelievable.
“You meet people in your life where you just gel instantly and all the fights I’ve had with him have gone tactically to the round.”