Jarrett Doherty is planning on using his next fight as a dress rehearsal for a title challenge and is in no mood to mess about.
That run-out will come at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, when BCB Promotions host another Friday fight night this week (on March 24)
Doherty, from Bordesley Green in the second city, is looking to do some damage and establish himself as a contender, with his pro record now pointing in the right direction.
His sixth paid contest will level up the experience gained before the pandemic, following on from an amateur career spent with Eastside Boxing Club, to the tune of 21 bouts.
He turned over in 2017, starting with a routine four-round points success over Victor Edagha, claiming all of the sessions for a 40-36 verdict.
Doherty then extended himself to six rounds when he took on Jake Haigh, pushing his opponent to the distance before being edged out by a point, through to a 58-57 decision.
All of eight days later, he was back in the ring to tackle Corey Jackson and was poleaxed by a right hand, in the third round, leading to a KO defeat.
The 33-year-old wouldn’t return until June of last year, guided by father-and-son team Spencer McCracken Snr and Jnr, and has boxed twice since.
‘Dayne-Ja’ has picked up another pair of 40-36 points victories, over Josh Cook and Paul Cummings respectively, but feels like there is far more to come.
Doherty said: “I’ve been training twice a day and it’s been excellent. I’ve had one of the best camps ever and I’ve been using this as the springboard for a title fight. This is the prototype.
“I’ve been back in the gym since the start of the year, I was supposed to box in December, but I got ill and it was something terrible. It was a sinus infection, so I was on antibiotics.
“But it’s not like I’ve been sitting around for months, we’ve made some subtle changes to how I box and that means being more clinical.
“My last opponent (Paul Cummings)( was tough, but I let him off the hook. I might not have got anything out of a stoppage, but it meant a telling-off from my coach.
“Perhaps I was going through the motions, a bit, but I’ve been read the riot act and I won’t let that happen again. I’ve got something to prove.
“I’ve been sparring with Owen Cooper (Midlands welterweight champion) and he’s a really talented lad. Kay Jiminez and Connor Goodchild (fellow pros) are always around, too.
“I want to leave it all in the ring, next time, and it’s an entertainment business, so I’ll be looking to put on a show. This is where it starts again for me.
“I’ve got losses on my record, anyway, so I don’t mind taking a risk. I’d like to go for the Midlands title, either at middleweight or super middle, and build towards the English (title).”
Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.