Punching postman Chris Male has vowed to deliver to English title to Dudley tonight.
The Black Country featherweight meets Leeds' Josh Warrington at The Venue, Dudley, this evening [November 9] in an intriguing-looking ten-rounder that's likely to see one man lose his blemish-free paid record.
The battle of unbeatens sees Male enter with an 11-0 (2) pro tab that's been compiled over an injury-hit four years and includes back-to-back stoppages over durable men; Warrington's log has taken him a year less - and includes one more win, albeit with all 12 wins arriving on points.
But the local - who, like his sharp-boxing West Yorkshire-based opponent, tipped the scales at 8st 13lbs at yesterday's weigh-in at Errol Johnson's gym in Wednesbury - has been out of the ring a few weeks shy of 18 months due to a number of career-threatening injuries.
He's gradually shaken them off, though, but looks to have a difficult night's work against Steve Wood-managed Warrington, 21, who's only conceded one round in 56 completed sessions thus far.
That fact hasn't gone unnoticed by Cradley's Male, who's joined on the Dudley bill by fellow Shaun Cooper-trained prospects Steven Pearce, Kyle Spencer [in a solid-looking test against capable William Warburton] and Riswan Rasool, and he understands the ramifications of defeat.
"This is massive," said the 30-year-old former British Masters boss, who saw several fights with ex-Olympian Joe Murray fall through in 2010 and 2011.
"Without doubt, it's easily the most important fight of my career so far.
"If I win this and take the vacant English title then I will put myself in line for a shot at the British title [held by Barry's Lee Selby]. But if lose, it's quite a long road back," he conceded.
"This fight will make my career or break it."