Up-and-coming featherweight Atif Ali is looking to add another scalp to the list of boxing champions he has defeated – with another big clash on tonight.
The Accrington lad is on a roll after 11 wins in 13 as an amateur fighter, including a stunning points victory against Southern Counties champion Wayne Sharpe last weekend.
And he is hoping to build on that in his next bout against Midlands champion Ian Sircar when the pair meet at his home club in Buxton this weekend.
"I'm going in really positive that I can win," said Atif.
"Anything can happen in boxing but I believe I’m better and stronger. I’ve been training for two years now and I’m really confident.
"He’s got the same record as mine and the fight is at his home club so he’ll have good support. But that doesn't bother me – I’ll go in positive," he said.
Ali has shown some real promise in his short career so far, no more so than in the fight against the more experienced Sharpe.
"I was very pleased with the result. I didn’t even know he was a champion until after the fight when his coach came up and told me.
"He was shocked at how many fights I’d had. In one or two years I might just turn pro. I’m dedicated to it," he added.
Trainer Brian Roche certainly believes the 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.
"He only started boxing two years ago but he’s very talented," said Brian.
"I see him going all the way if he wants to.
"He’s only a small lad but he’s very quick and has a good technique and he can punch hard.
"When he beat Wayne Sharpe I’d never seen him box as well in my life.
"He’s got a great chance against Ian Sircar. He could possibly win the ABA featherweight title – it all depends on if he wants it," he said.