Stafford's Grant Cunningham today factored into his gameplan the "trouble" Jamie Boness could bring to their showdown at Walsall Town Hall.
The undefeated middleweight from Moss Pit, one of only two professionals from the town, is up against the erratic but strong Boness over four rounds.
Friday's fight night is Cunningham's fifth paid contest and Boness is not to be underestimated, as Kevin Greenwood found out to his cost in July.
Boness flattened the debutant after just 27 seconds - which Cunningham has duly noted and taken into account for his training camp leading up to the bout.
The 28-year-old former Stafford ABC amateur counters that Boness has also been stopped twice himself in the first round, by Tom Doran and Paul Moffett.
Cunningham has never been on the canvas as an amateur or pro and believes his tight guard could negate Boness' power when they step through the ropes.
He said: "I am more then ready for this one and I feel very sharp, but he's got the signs of being able to cause trouble.
"The only thing I have seen of my opponent is the video clip where he stopped the lad in 27 seconds.
"I am not concerned at all by my defence, at all, and I have never been put down, even as an amateur.
"I have never really been hurt and he's not fought anybody who is going to give him what I will.
"When he's punching, he's leaving himself open and I will be able to show more of that I have got.
"And the way I am hitting, at the moment, when I land there will be stopping power there."
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