Martin Murray is tipped to become the next sporting success story from St Helens.
The town’s rugby league team are unbeaten in 21 matches and lifted the Challenge Trophy on Saturday, beating Hull at Wembley Stadium.
Murray, 7-0, plans to emulate those world beaters and already has the British Middleweight title in his sights.
His first fight of the new season takes place at VIP Boxing's next top quality show at Robin Hood Centre In Wigan on Sunday, September 14 when he faces a selected opponent in a six rounder.
And confident promoter Steve Wood believes the 25-year-old will be in the shake up for Wayne Elcock’s domestic title by next summer.
Prov ided he chalks up win number eight, the middleweight division’s mystery man will feature in a Sky Sports televised show in November.
Wood said: “Everybody at VIP Promotions is excited by Martin and over the next few months each fight will be a step up in class.
“Within nine or ten months he should be ready to challenge for his first major title.”
Murray, a regular at Knowsley Road for Saints home games said: “I’d fight for the British title right now, but I have to understand it is about the right fights at the right time.”
Martin’s next big test is chief support to Alex Matvienko’s clash with Lee Edwards for the vacant British Masters Light Middleweight title.
Also on the bill are some of the brightest prospects in the North West including Carl Dilks of Liverpool, Jack Armfield of Blackpool, Chris John son of Preston, Scott Mitchell and Rick Godding of Bolton along with Lee Jennings of Liverpool.
Tickets for VIP Promotions first show of the new season are available from the box office 01942 828550 and Alex Matvienko 07841 115 072