Manager Jamie Conlan says that victory tonight in Bolton will leave Lewis Crocker one step away from a shot at the British welterweight title.
Belfast man Crocker impressed in August with a stoppage of Louis Greene and now takes another step up in class when he meets Germany's Deniz Ilbay, who has two defeats in 24 fights. One of those losses came against former world title challenger Egidijus Kavaliauskas.
Hard-hitting Crocker is expected to triumph in the 10-rounder and then Conlan will hope to move him into contention for a shot at the Lonsdale belt.
"I'm looking at a British title eliminator for Lewis if he comes through this one and I expect this to be a good test for him. Ilbay's an experienced guy and we've gone for him because I want to see him get more rounds," said Conlan.
"So, the plan would be to have the British title eliminator and then, if all goes well, we're looking at a British title shot by the end of the year.
"But we're not looking past Ilbay. Lewis is still a young fighter and has a lot to learn and I'm looking forward to how he handles this test."
Crocker, 24, has rattled up 12 straight wins since turning pro in March 2017 but is now aiming to move to another level.
Crocker said: "I'm delighted that I'm fighting again and it's great to get back in the swing of things. It's just about going in there and putting on a good performance.
"Ilbay has won several titles and has been in there with world class opposition, so I'm expecting my toughest test to date. Headlining another show back to back is quite special and it's all good experience for me and my progression throughout my career. Training has been great and all the boxes have been ticked."
German Ilbay insists that he will have the tools to cause an upset this evening, claiming: "We looked at a few fights from Crocker and we picked out a few weaknesses that he has got."
However, Crocker's hammer fists should get the job done inside the scheduled 10 rounds of this WBO European title bout.
Meanwhile, European cruiserweight champion Tommy McCarthy will make his first defence against Romanian Alexandru Jur.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is expected to stage the bout in London and Belfast man McCarthy will hope that an expected victory will edge him closer to a world title shot.