Belfast light-middleweight Dee Walsh is aiming for his eighth win when he boxes at the Devenish Complex on Saturday evening. Poland's Adam Grabiec is the opponent on a nine-fight 'Champions Night' card.
"This guy's tough and he's never been stopped but the weight is coming down nicely and I'll be ready," said Walsh. "My trainer Gerard McCafferty is always on my back, pushing me to my limits with circuits and sparring."
Dee has been busy sparring former opponent Gerard Healy in preparation and the 24-year-old reckons their tough sessions are of huge benefit to his progression.
"I spar Gerard every day and he always wants more. He brings the best out in me and whenever you hit him hard he comes straight back," he said.
Walsh had been angling for an Irish title shot on the undercard of Carl Frampton's recent world title-winning headliner. The big ticket seller now concedes that it could've been too much too soon.
"I wanted the Irish title shot but it didn't happen and maybe it was a blessing in disguise," he said. "I was out of the ring for a long time and I need to get rounds under my belt. I've sparred Matthew Wilton and Willie Thompson and I handled both okay. Sparring is different from a fight of course and Willie is an experienced boxer who went the distance with Lee Murtagh."
Dee will now leave his future plans to manager Mark Dunlop.
"I'm leaving my destiny in Mark's hands. Sometimes fighters can be too brave for their own good but he's a plan for me and I trust him to deliver," he said.
The 'Champions Night' card also features Belfast cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy alongside Paul Hyland Jnr, Daniel McShane, Gerard Healy, James Fryers, Michael McKinson, Darren Cruise and Alan Donnellan.