Luke Blackledge is targeting a British boxing title by the time he is 26. At just 20, Blackledge has had just four fights but is unbeaten in those encounters and is supremely confident of capturing a British title within the next six years.
"I’d like to be British champion by the time I'm 26 and it something I know I can definitely do," said the Kokoro boxer, based on Dale Street.
Luke fights at super middleweight and aims to win a Masters title within the next two years as he looks to climb the boxing rankings.
Despite not fighting as an amateur, the youngster has had 30 unlicenced fights before turning professional.
He moved to Accrington when he was 17 and only turned pro eight months ago.
Hungry for success the super middleweight is keen to get in between the ropes with his last two fights taking place within a month of each other.
"Before I turned professional, I was fighting two or three times a month," he said.
"I’m always on to my manager about getting fights. I’ve had four fights now and I want to have had seven or eight by the end of the year.
"Its not been confirmed yet but I might be fighting in Blackpool on August 20 on a Ricky Hatton Promotions show.
"I may also have one scheduled for a month later in September."
Luke boasts an impressive record winning 28 out of the 30 unlicenced bouts and he believes the unlicenced fights have aided him in his professional career.
"In unlicenced fights you use 10 oz gloves and no headguard so its close enough to how you fight as a professional," he said.
The two losses are still in the memory of the 20-year-old but he's enjoying his winning record since turning professional.
"The first loss was in the first fight I had and the other loss came in a eight man tournament.
"The lad I faced got a bye and he was fresh whereas I had already had two fights. As a professional, I love being unbeaten."
Luke started out in mixed martial arts when he was just 14 but made the transfer to boxing when he was 17.
"I started in mixed martial arts because UFC fighter Michael Bisping, from Clitheroe, did a class at my gym.
"I did a lot of boxing within mixed martial arts and decided to go for that."
Trainer Jason Curtis, himself an English and British kickboxing champion who is hoping for a European title this year, has been an important figure behind Luke in helping him achieve his success.
"Jason’s a great trainer, he’s competed at the top level himself.
"He has his own gym. I’ve stuck by him and he’s stuck by me. I’ve learnt alot from him."
Off the back of a convincing four round victory against Hull’s Phil Goodwin in Colne this month, who was almost a stone heavier, the secret to the super middleweight’s success appears to be dedication and hard work.
"`I start my training about four weeks before a fight.
"I’ll be in the gym twice a day for six days a week.
"I’ll do an hour-and-a-half in the morning, an hour in the evening and sparring on top of that.
"In between fights I’ll keep myself ticking over.
"My work rate in a fight is my biggest strength, that can help me on the judges scorecards.
"My power is always improving as well, I’m going to get better and better."
On the same fight Ali Shah secured a sixth professional win where he won all his four rounds comfortably against Carl Allen.