ASKING ANDREW CAIN how he is planning to approach his forthcoming collision with Ionut Baluta drew a typically robust - and utterly predictable - response from the WBC International Silver super bantamweight champion.

Tickets are on sale for Cain's second defense of his treasured green strap, which will take place at the Telford International Centre on Saturday, 25 March on a card that also features the middleweight rematch between Stoke favorite Nathan Heaney and Jack Flatley, the return of Jason Cunningham, Raven Chapman making a first defense of her WBC International featherweight title against the Czech Lucie Sedlackova, and the second pro fight for amateur heavyweight sensation Moses Itauma.

"I reckon he's getting his head smashed in!" was Cain's light-hearted opening gambit. "That's what I reckon, but he is not bad and is my best opponent to date.

"Nobody has stopped him yet so when I get in there and stop I will be making a statement, won't I?"

The 10-0 Liverpool man acknowledges that Baluta, the former WBO European champion, carries the name recognition that will carry significant credit for inflicting defeat. His recent opposition, while holding strong records, were not widely familiar to the UK boxing market.

However, Cain also brackets Baluta in not being able to withstand his formidable force, although he hopes he lasts longer than the less than three minutes of action across his last two fights.

"To be honest, they have been good boxers, but they were not known and were not clean punchers like me. I don't believe they punch as hard and as clean as I do. I don't reckon he is going to stand up to what I've got, but if he does I'll shake his hand after punching him all night.

"I wouldn't mind a few rounds and this is what I've been waiting for. I thought them last fellas was gonna give me some rounds, to be honest, but it worked out different. Maybe this is gonna be the same because I will be punching with the same intentions that I always do.

"I don't believe anyone can take it as long as I land clean. Sometimes you don't land clean, but we'll see. If he takes my best shots right on his chin and takes them, like I say, I will shake his hand and say 'fair play'."