Chorley boxer Jack Catterall’s dream of becoming a British champion will take a step closer later this month.
The 23-year-old super lightweight star – one of the country’s hottest young properties – is next in line to challenge for the prestigious title.
First though he must await the outcome of reigning champion Tyrone Nurse’s title defence against Tommy Coyle a week on Saturday.
The pair go head to head in the “Leeds Rumble” – a show organised by promoter Eddie Hearn and headlined by home favourite Josh Warrington.
The night also sees Preston’s light middleweight ace Scott Fitsgerald take on Darryl Sharp in his fourth professional fight.
Catterall – who has been sparring with Fitzgerald at Jennings Gym over the past couple of weeks – will be ringside in Leeds to witness Huddersfield’s Nurse defend his title for the second time.
The 26-year-old Yorkshireman – who has won 33 of his 36 pro fights – became British champion last year when he defeated Chris Jenkins on points at the Manchester Arena.
He has since gone on to defend his crown by securing a stoppage against Willie Limond at the SSE Hydro Arena, in Scotland.
Coyle – who hails from Hull – is 26-years-old and has won all but three of 26 bouts in the paid ranks.
Undefeated Catterall is the current WBO Inter-continental champion and became the mandatory challenger for the British title when he defeated Joe Hughes at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium in May.
To keep himself ticking over, Catterall – who is trained Lee Beard and promoted by Frank Warren – has a six-round fight scheduled for next month against an opponent yet to be confirmed at the Village Hotel, in Ashton-under-Lyne.
That will likely be just be a tune-up event for a mouth-watering clash against Nurse or Coyle later this year.
“Obviously there is a fight happening on July 30 in Leeds with the champion Tyrone Nurse taking on Tommy Coyle,” said Catterall, who is also the current WBO European champion.
“I will be there ringside on the night watching, doing my homework because whoever wins the fight will have to fight me next.
“Once I know who I will be fighting, it will be a case of tailoring my training towards whichever opponent I will be facing.”
The Chorley ace revealed it is a lifetime goal to claim a British title, although he is ambitious to make his mark on the world stage.
“It’s been nice to win the intercontinental and European titles. Obviously, you cant get carried away, but I have it in my head where I want to go to in the sport
“In my mind the world title should be every professional boxer’s dream,” Catterall said.
“But out of the belts that I have fought for, I think the British one will be one of the nicest to win – just below the world title.
“I will be more than happy to get my hands on that.”
Catterall’s immediate focus though is on his next outing next month where he will be making sure there will be no slip-ups.
“I have got a fight on August 12 in Manchester – it’s a small hall show and should keep me tuned-up for when I fight for the British.”