‘It’s my time’ may be one of the biggest clichés to come out of the mouths of boxers.
But when Daniel Slaney says it, you can take him at his word.
The Harworth super middleweight knows exactly what it means for it not to be ‘his time.’
A shock defeat to journeyman James Tucker and the death of former trainer Mick Joyce saw him leave behind the sport which had always been very much his family’s business.
After getting back into the right place, he returned to the ring last year, fully focused on giving boxing a proper go and seeing how far it could take him.
And on Saturday night at the Dome he has a golden opportunity to win his first significant title – the Central Area crown.
So when he says it his time, you know he has the experience to back it up.
“Everything feels bang on,” Slaney told the Free Press. “It really feels like it’s my time. Training has been brilliant. I’ve been on it from the start and I’m feeling really good.
“I look back on the Tucker fight and I never should have fought him. Me and him had an argument a few months before and I took too much anger into there.
“I’d back myself nine times out of ten to beat him but everything went wrong that night, it all went out of the window.
“My head is straight now. I’ve been in a great place for a long time and it’s showing in the ring.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m ready to take it.”
Slaney’s extended break from the sport saw him miss what is typically referred to as the peak years.
But, even at 32, the maths teacher insists there is no slowing down.
He said: “Age is just a number. I feel as good as I ever have.
“I’m learning more and more with every session in the gym and every fight.
“It’s not a factor. I’m still young as a fighter and I’ve got a long way to go yet.”
Slaney’s opportunity to get on the championship ladder sees him face up with fellow Doncaster fighter Richard Thomas for the Central Area title.
And he knows he must take his chance.
He said: “This is a brilliant opportunity that Andrew [Stefy Bull, manager] has got for me.
“It’s a British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned title. It’s a major title and I’ll be over the moon to win it.
“And it opens up so much more. It gives me a great chance of fighting for an English title.
“I really feel that it’s going to be me winning that title on Saturday night. I can’t wait for it.”