Paul Economides insists he’s not a loud mouth but will keep calling out the bigger names until he gets the fights he feels he deserves.
At the age of 28 and having stopped his last four opponents inside two rounds, the Deeside native has never felt better.
He takes on Georgian number one George Gachechiladze on Saturday in Liverpool, where ‘The Spartan’ should collect another quick scalp.
Economides had been down to face Sergey Tasimov but requested an opponent change after seeing the Estonian’s record.
Gachechiladze will offer him a stiffer test but Econimides remains desperate for a step up in class having so far failed to tempt British super bantamweight champion Jazza Dickens and European title holder Gavin McDonnell into the ring.
“I wanted to fight someone better than Tasimov and it was short notice but we managed to get the Georgian,” said Economides, who destroyed Hungarian David Kanalas last April to win the World Boxing Federation international title.
“I was supposed to fight him in Chester last year for the WBF belt but there was a mix-up with his visa and I ended up fighting Kanalas so it’s better late than never. I’m not saying he’s not a journeyman but he’s should give me a good fight and he can punch - he put Michael Walsh down in the first round.
“But it does frustrate me because I’m calling people out and it’s so difficult to get the fights I want. I’m at that stage where it’s now or never: I’m at my best so if I don’t get Jazza Dickens or Gavin McDonnell now when will I get them?
“I’m a quiet guy and I’m far from cocky but I’ve got to call them out because those are the fights I want.”
Economides, now living in Vicars Cross, tops the bill at Grand Central Hall this weekend with friend and training partner Chris Goodwin, of Barrow, scheduled to make his first ring appearance since last August.
Economides has now teamed up with promoter and former Chester City chairman Stephen Vaughan, and hopes the move will lead to him getting the fights he wants.
He said: “I’m hearing that things might be improving for me we’re in a one-punch business and a single punch can knock you out so you’ve got to keep focused and take it one step at a time.”
Top of his list is a rematch with McDonnell, who has soared up the rankings since defeating Economides on points in April 2013.
That loss rankled with Economides at the time and remains a wrong he wants to right, particularly as Doncaster-based McDonnell has won the British and European titles since.
"It's massively frustrating for me because I thought I won the fight, I watched it back on video and still thought that, and I think McDonnell thought it too," said Economides.
"It just goes to show what a big difference it makes in boxing when you've got a promoter with money behind you.
"I think the super bantamweight division is the best in Britain: you've got Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg at the top and then obviously I can't say much about Kid Galahad at the moment [Galahad plans to appeal a two-year ban for failing a drugs test].
"It's a quality division and there are some big fights that I want to be involved in."