This Saturday night is a big moment in the career of Belfast's Sean McComb when he fights Gavin Gwynne in what is a calculated gamble that should pay off.
Sean is unbeaten as a light-welterweight but is now having his first fight at lightweight with the vacant Commonwealth title on the line in Dubai. Not many people would go straight in at a new weight, particularly at a lower division, and go for a 12-rounder but that shows you the confidence that Sean and his team have.
But it has to be said that the move down to lightweight is the big unknown in this fight. Weighing up every other element, I would make Sean a clear favourite against Gwynne but there is no doubt we are going to find out whether or not he is a strong fighter at the lower weight class and someone who can fulfil his potential at 135lb.
Sean is a big light-welterweight and his long levers have been very effective so far in his career which so far has seen him set a high pace in fights so it's going to be interesting to see how he performs against Gwynne, who is a good solid opponent at this point in his career. He's not a big puncher but Gwynne is very game and it's the right test at this stage of Sean's career.
Some fighters can end up making a mistake of boxing at the wrong weight and I know I probably stayed too long at super-bantamweight. To be honest, if it wasn't for the Scott Quigg fight being talked about I would have moved up a lot sooner because it was killing me to make the limit. When you struggle to make weight it makes you vulnerable to body shots and generally your resistance is not as good. I was hurt to the body as a super-bantamweight but never from the moment I moved up a division.
So, I'll be looking out to see how Sean starts the fight, just how sharp his punching is and then how he finishes it in the later rounds - if it goes the distance, which I think it might. It will also be interesting to see how well he can control the fight and what impact Gwynne's punches will have. If this was at light-welterweight, it wouldn't even be a consideration.
With that said, if Sean is strong at lightweight then believe me he is going to be a nightmare for many in the division and while it's still early days, I think he has the potential to mix it with the cream of them. He's a very tall southpaw with good skills and distance control. That's a recipe for being a tough challenge for anyone.
Of course, Sean believes he can go all the way to a world title but you have to learn your trade before those chances come and that's why I think Gwynne is the ideal opponent as he dips his toes into the lightweight division.
Some may be tempted to compare Sean's performance with the way James Tennyson got rid of Gwynne in six exciting rounds but that would be a mistake. Tenny is an out and out puncher whereas Sean is a boxer, so it's like comparing apples and pears. If Sean can go in there and box the ears off Gwynne for 12 rounds then that would be perfect for him.
Equally, I hope that Sean doesn't allow himself to think he has to go in and look as devastating as Tenny because that's just not his style. He can get the job done in a different way but just as impressively. He has still got a lot to learn and while he obviously wants to win the title, this can only add to his boxing education.
Sean has a chance to give himself a great platform for the rest of the year by winning a meaningful title. A win would push him towards the top 15 in the world and then he can plot his way to the big boys of the lightweight division.
My friend and former sparring partner Stephen Fulton gave the best performance of his career last weekend when he defeated Angelo Leo to lift the WBO world super-bantamweight title.
It was very good of him to give me some credit for the win but in fairness I always knew he had the talent to go to the top. We've had some really good spars and when I was putting it on him I liked the fact that he was prepared to stand and give it back.
I think everyone was very impressed with his output in the fight with Leo because he threw about 1,200 punches. Leo was expected to be the one who would be throwing more shots because Fulton was always seen as the boxer, but that wasn't the case.
His capacity to keep going at such a high pace didn't surprise me because when we went running in the Red Rock Canyon hills in Nevada he smoked everybody, including me. He has great lung capacity and a great mental attitude. He just wasn't going to let Leo break him at any point.
Now he's looking for a unification fight and Mick Conlan is his mandatory challenger, so hopefully he will start to cash in on his talent.
There is strong speculation that young sensation Ryan Garcia is going to be matched with Manny Pacquiao and that's a mouthwatering, box-office prospect.
Credit to Team Garcia for even contemplating the fight because he doesn't need it and I would have thought he would have been looking to get more experience at lightweight before going for one of the big guns. To go up in weight and face Pacquiao is a big risk but the reward is huge and I guess that's what his team is weighing up.
If Luke Campbell can hurt him, as he did last time out, then the Pac Man can knock him out, even at 42. For Pacquiao, I don't really see the point of the fight except for the huge amount of money it generates. It's one I'd love to see.
I stayed up to watch Conor McGregor in his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 last Saturday night and while the result didn't go the way of the Dubliner, he was very gracious in defeat.
I'm no expert but it seemed to me that McGregor won the first round, then Poirier got him with some low kicks that opened his calf and then got the stoppage with a heavy combination.
Maybe the time out of the Octagon just caught up with McGregor but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a third fight between him and Poirier.
I'm very happy with where I am at in training for my fight with WBO world champion Jamel Herring on February 27 and, you know, you never stop learning.
I've been watching some videos of top fighters ahead of the Herring fight, just to learn from them and take some tips about how to carry out my game plan. I take those into sparring and it's working very well.
It's all about what happens on the night but so far I feel I'm ticking all the right boxes, my weight is good and I can't wait to face the challenge that Herring will bring.