Dee Walsh believes Irish title success on Saturday night can be the springboard to more glory in 2015 as he hopes to see his career take off. The Belfast man faces Terry Maughan for the vacant Irish light-middleweight title at the Devenish Complex, a show which also features prospects James Fryers and Ryan Burnett along with 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher.
Walsh, a part-time hairdresser at Razors in Twinbrook, left the sport for an 18-month period before returning this year and now feels hungrier than ever to fulfill his potential.
"I fell out of love with boxing - it was a mixture of things, the money I was being offered and being told I was fighting here and there, quite literally all over the world and then nothing happening. I remember being told about fights in New Jersey and Boston and then they didn't happen and it was doing my head in," said Walsh.
"I also had a child on the way, Bailey, who I look after so it came to the point where I couldn't box because I wanted to be the best father I could be and that meant looking after my son but my family stepped in and said they would help and that has allowed me to box again.
"Now I have this Irish title fight and I want to impress against this guy, I want my fans to go away happy and wanting to come back for more.
"I really appreciate the support I have, they always back me and that means a lot - and you need to sell tickets so you can get fights.
"A win would hopefully lead to some bigger fights in 2015, a Celtic title the obvious fight."