TOM Doran insists he is ready to make the step up to the next level after securing a shot at British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr.
The 28-year-old from Connah’s Quay challenges world title hopeful Eubank Jr at the O2 in London on June 25 on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first defence of his IBF World heavyweight belt.
Doran will be a huge underdog on the night with Eubank Jr and his father already eyeing up a potential showdown with Gennady Golovkin - considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world - but the Deesider is unbeaten in 17 fights including four straight knockout wins and has earned his chance.
“This is what I want – the British title in my sights and I intend to take it with both hands,” said Doran.
“I believe I am ready for this – I’ve boxed in front of big crowds at the Liverpool Echo and I will soak up a great atmosphere at the O2.
“I know Chris Eubank Jr is a great and talented fighter but I think I have the tools to overcome the challenge and stick to the game plan that we will take into the fight, I’ll get the job done and become British champion.”
Doran, who reignited a career that was put on hiatus for three years with a stunning victory in the Prizefighter series in February 2015 , stopped Luke Keeler in April in a thrilling contest, getting off the canvas in a brutal first round before flooring the Irishman in the second to claim the WBC International belt .
Eubank Jr, 26, secured the British title with a stoppage win in March against Nick Blackwell. His opponent was placed in a coma following the fight after suffering bleeding to the brain and has since retired from the ring.
With the sole blemish on his record coming at the hands of now WBO World middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in November 2014, Brighton-based Eubank Jr wants to win the British title outright before moving onto world honours.
“Tom is going to try to cause an upset and we’re going to put on a dramatic night of action,” he said.
“It’s one fight at a time but when you know you are working towards a super-fight it plays a part – but it makes me train harder and focus more, as I know with every fight I am moving towards a top fight with Golovkin or anyone that has a World title fight.
"I am not looking past Tom, he knows beating me gets him to world level and massive publicity, so he is going to come to fight on June 25. But I will get past him and move onto massive nights.”