Josh Wale knows he must beat Gavin McDonnell to keep his place among Britain’s leading super bantamweights.
Wale has become a regular contender for major domestic honours in both the bantam and super bantam divisions.
But he says his standing will come into question if he loses to McDonnell in their British title final eliminator on Saturday night in Doncaster.
“I’m in a good position for what I want to do in my career and it’s up to me to keep that,” Wale told the Times.
“Gavin is on the rise, he wants to be where I am and it’s up to me to hold him back.
“If he were to beat me, people would inevitably talk about him instead of me and I can’t let that happen.
“I need to perform to the best of my ability and if I do that I will prove I deserve to stay a contender.
“I’ve worked hard to get to where I am but I’ve not even come close to fulfilling my potential.
“I can’t lose on Saturday night but I’ve not even considered it.
“I’m fully confident that I’ll get the job done and go on to win the British title. It’s my dream.”
Wale has been dogged by injuries over the last few years but says he is back to his best.
He said: “This has been my best training camp for a long time. I’m meeting my best times in runs and I’m feeling great.
“My knee doesn’t seem to be a problem any more.
“I’m comfortable at super bantamweight. I feel strong with the extra four pounds from bantam and it’s going to make a difference.
“I can’t wait for Saturday night. The atmosphere is going to be incredible and I’m determined to repay my fans with a performance and a win.”