Alex Dilmaghani believes a fight with British champion Anthony Cacace will carry world ranking implications.
The British Boxing Board of Control, last week, ordered Belfast’s Cacace to defend his super featherweight crown against Dilmaghani before the end of December.
Dilmaghani is ready to accept the challenge and says he has nothing to fear about facing the title holder.
But the 30-year-old fighter, who is guided by Probellum, believes a fight with Cacace – who is ranked No14 by the IBF – deserves to have more than just domestic bragging rights on the line.
“This is a great fight and, as great a belt as it is, it is worth more than just the British title,” Dilmaghani said.
“Cacace is ranked in the top 15 in the world rankings and so this is a terrific fight.
“I want this fight; I don’t shy away from any fight and so I will be only too happy to oblige and challenge him. I respect Cacace, he’s a good fighter, but I don’t fear anything about him.”
In other news, Pat McCormack will take step up in class when he faces Dimitri Trenel next weekend.
The Olympic silver medallist needed less than half a round to dismantle Justin Menzie on his professional debut at Probellum Throwdown, in March.
McCormack announced his arrival on the pro stage with a sickening left hook to the body, from which Menzie had no answer.
But France’s Trenel is expected to offer McCormack a sterner test when the 27-year-old fights for the second time as a pro on Saturday, July 30 at the Vertu Motors Arena, as part of the Wasserman Boxing card.
Trenel carries an 8-1 record with him to Newcastle and was beaten for the first time, in May, when McCormack’s old amateur gym-mate Cyrus Pattinson forced his stoppage in the third round.
McCormack, one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, wants to make a statement on the Channel 5 show but knows Trenel, who has four stoppage wins to his name, threatens to be a tougher nut to crack, in a fight that is scheduled for six rounds.