Isaac Lowe believes big-fight pressure will bring out the best in him.
After breezing through his first nine professional contests the 21-year-old Westgate Warrior takes a step into the unknown when he faces Lee Glover for the English featherweight title in Blackburn on April 4.
The unbeaten Morecambe man knows now is the time he has to live up to the hype as he looks to back up some confident talk as the first man in more than 30 years from the district to fight for a national title.
Lowe said: “There’s a bit of pressure on me going into the ring but I thrive off it.
“I love putting pressure on myself because it brings the best out of me.
“On the night I’m going to be the first person in nearly 35 years to never mind just box for a (national) title but bring it back to Morecambe and Lancaster.
“It’s going to be a great achievement.
“I want to do it for the town and the area, not just for me”
Glover is by far Lowe’s toughest test to date.
The Tipton man is 9-2 with his two defeats coming when he has stepped up in opposition against Choi Tseveenpurev in a televised Prizefighter and Jon Kays in a failed bid for the super featherweight version of the English belt.
He’s fought some decent kids and been in Prizefighter but he’s not fought anyone like me or the people I’ve been sparring
Lowe however is supremely confident heading into the clash against the 27-year-old.
“I’d class Lee Glover as a journeyman,” he said.
“He’s a decent kid and he’s obviously the toughest opponent I’ve faced up until now.
“He’s done 10 rounds before, twice I think, and I’ve not even done eight.
“He’s fought some decent kids and been in Prizefighter but he’s not fought anyone like me or the people I’ve been sparring.
“Come the night he’s going to be no good to me.”
The resort’s top punching prospect is full of confidence having been put through a tough camp by trainer Bob Howard which included sharing the ring with European featherweight champion Josh Warrington and world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell.
Lowe said: “This is the hardest camp I’ve been in in my life.
“Bob’s pushed me to the limit and I’ve had world-class sparring.
“Jamie, his brother (Gavin McDonnell), Josh Warrington, I’ve done a couple of rounds with Maxi Hughes so I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“I’ve been getting fitter and stronger and trying not to be the typical Isaac who’s going to fight like a raving idiot.
“I’m going to try and stick to boxing and try and keep my head.
“This is a big step up but the hard training I’ve been put through, the miles I’ve been running, the rounds of sparring, Lee Glover’s not going to know what has hit him.”
Anyone wishing to attend the fight in Blackburn can call Isaac on 07534 947221 or Frank Harrington on 07789 261768 for tickets.
Alternatively you can watch the fight live for free at www.vipboxing.tv