The stakes will be high when Ricardo Sandoval and Jay Harris clash at the University of Bolton Stadium on Friday night.
Victory in the IBF flyweight final eliminator will propel the winner into a shot at the sanctioning body’s world champion Sunny Edwards.
Californian Sandoval (18-1, 13 KOs) is expecting a high-octane affair against Swansea’s former WBC title challenger Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) and can’t wait for fight night.
“I’m very excited for this fight. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to fight with a top fighter and I finally got it,” said Sandoval. “It makes it more exciting that it’s a final eliminator so it’s going to be a good one.
“I know Jay Harris is a fighter who likes to throw a lot of punches, utilise his jab, and throw with combinations. It’s going to be a fight where there’s going to be many punches thrown, and it’s going to be an all-action fight.
“Winning this fight would mean everything for me and my career. This is the fight that would put me up there with the top fighters and would get me to fight for a world title which is what every boxer wants. This is why I have been training very hard and I’m ready to show what I could do in the ring.
“I saw Sunny Edwards’ last fight when he won the world title and he’s a fighter that moves very well and is very smart in the ring. If everything goes well against Jay Harris I will love to get in the ring against Edwards. He has the world title and I want it.
“My training has been great. This is the first time I have had a full camp and it feels fantastic. In my previous fights I would have one month to prepare and for this one I had like two to three months so I feel very good coming into this fight.”
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