Pat Magee knows all about the pitfalls of managing and directing the right pathway for fighters, so the importance of this Saturday night's bout for Anthony Cacace is all too clear.
Cacace makes the first defence of his British super-featherweight title against Lyon Woodstock at the Copper Box Arena, London. At 32 years of age and ranked ninth in the WBA, there is more riding on the fight than the Lonsdale belt; a money-spinning future is on the line for the Belfast man.
The sport has seen quite a few upsets in recent weeks, with fellow Belfast man Sean McComb losing a Commonwealth lightweight title shot, Josh Warrington suffering a first loss to Mexican outsider Mauricio Lara, rising English star Josh Kelly stopped by David Avanesyan last weekend and across the Atlantic the WBC super-feather belt changed hands when Oscar Valdez stunned Miguel Berchelt.
Magee insists Cacace will not join that list.
'Styles make fights' is the old boxing adage that remains ever true and Magee has not lost sight of it as he seeks to plot the way ahead for Cacace, for whom defeat to Woodstock on Saturday night would bring his career to a standstill just when it seems to be at its most promising juncture.
"Everything is different now. The world has changed and boxing has changed. During this pandemic everybody has trained differently," said Magee.
"Camps have been interrupted, some camps have been shorter and I know that Anthony would have sparred a lot more in normal circumstances but this is the way it is for everybody and you have to get on with it. Having been in the gym last week and seen him spar, I'm very confident that he can do a good job against Woodstock.
"It's a fight that comes at a very important time for Anthony. At this point in time there are three leading super-featherweights in the UK - Anthony, Zelfa Barrett and Archie Sharp. Barrett got exposed recently in his fight with Kiko Martinez when he got a controversial decision and at the moment Sharp is out injured.
"I believe that Anthony is best of the three and he should look very good against Woodstock on Saturday. Then, there is really nobody else on the domestic scene to defend against - we have to be looking for a fight that moves him up the world rankings.
"Anthony is in the fortunate position that he has a promotional deal with Frank Warren and this Saturday is about him showing Frank Warren that he is a fighter who is ready to move onto the world stage and also show BT Sport that he is someone they should really get behind and want to see in attractive fights.
"The two titles that I am really focused on as options for Anthony are the WBA and WBO and I would hope that all being well he beats Woodstock then it's about picking the right fight for a world title eliminator.
"The WBA champion, Roger Gutierrez, is a fight we would love to have.
"We've all recently seen how things can go wrong if you take a step too soon. That was the case with Josh Kelly in his fight with David Avanesyan.
"When I heard that fight was made my initial feeling was that Kelly needed more seasoning before taking on a world-class, rock-hard boxer and after six rounds it was over. Barrett's fight with Kiko was strange as well because Kiko may be a veteran but his style was all wrong for Barrett.
"It's just a reminder that you have to be careful how you take a boxer to the next level - you can't be in a rush. I know some top eastern European guys, like Lomachenko, can move quickly but they are the exception.
"Anthony is a mature boxer and is right for the next step. A world title fight this year is a realistic goal and the deal with Frank Warren allows us to do that."
As for the fight with Woodstock, Magee insists that he is expecting Cacace to deliver a performance that backs up the fine British title victory over Sam Bowen at the end of 2019.
"I can see Woodstock being in Anthony's chest, putting on pressure from the start, but I believe Anthony will show his skills and his jab can be key. Woodstock has come up short in title fights before and I am confident Anthony will break him down and stop him," added Magee.