Martin Lindsay hopes to emerge as Ireland's top fighter after the shock retirement of Bernard Dunne.
The undefeated Belfast boxer aims to show he can become a star in a British featherweight title defence against Jamie Arthur at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre on Friday 19th March.
Lindsay, 27, has boxed clever after graduating from University of Ulster with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance and Investments. He is unbeaten in 15 fights and when he tackles Welsh rival Arthur (16-2) he'll be making the first defence of the title he took from Paul Appleby 11 months ago.
Frank Maloney who promotes the Arthur fight said: "Irish boxing fans make sure their best boxers become A-listers. I have family over there and they tell me that a lot of people believe Martin will become the main man, although I know Jamie says he'll prove them wrong."
Lindsay has also been compared with Barry McGuigan, a link he plays down. He explained: "It's obviously a huge privilege, but I don't read too much into it. I have watched Barry's videos, but he was before my time. Growing up my boxing hero was Rocky Balboa.
"You can't get carried away. You have to take one step at a time because in boxing you never know. I am just hoping to mix in top company and win major titles."
Other stars on the bill include Olympic bronze medallist David Price, British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar, Paul Edwards, Mark Moran, Karl Place, Rick Goddins and Kieran Farrell.
Tickets for are available for £35and £80 ringside from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com