Paul Economides believes the wheels are now in motion in his bid to hit the big time and has called out super-bantamweight rivals Jazza Dickens, Lewis Pettitt and Gavin McDonnell.
After his impressive second round stoppage of Ghanaian Isaac Quaye last month ended an eight-month absence from the ring, Economides, from Vicars Cross, now has two fights lined up in May.
The 28-year-old will take on Andy Bell at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on May 2 before facing an as yet unnamed opponent, possibly George Gachechiladze, at Liverpool’s Central Hall three weeks later on May 23.
Claiming he is in the best shape of his career, Economides, who boxes out of the Chester Boxers gym in Hoole, is now aiming to strike while the iron is hot and earn his shot at a British and European title later in the year.
“I’m calling them all out, it’s just up to them whether they want to take the offer up and step into the ring with me,” said Economides, currently number nine in the British rankings.
“I’d fight Lewis Pettitt (number six), I’d fight Jazza Dickens (number five). I know that I am in the same league as those guys now so I just need the shot.
“After Gavin McDonnell won the EBU title last month I sent him a congratulations message on Twitter and said me and him should get in the ring. We’ll have to wait and see about that.”
Economides admits he is some way off being at the level of Kid Galahad, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton,with the latter two eyeing up a possible unification fight with a £1.5m purse in July.
“Those guys are on another level now but if someone offered me £1.5m to get in the ring with them I’d be there in a shot,” he said.
“This year is all about me climbing the rankings and getting the right kind of opponents.
“I want to be fighting guys with good winning records now. Every fight matters to me.
“My trainer Steve (Goodwin) doesn’t hand out compliments all that often but he says that I could fight for a British title tomorrow.
“I’m just waiting for the phone call now. This is a big year for me and I’m ready for it.”