Published: 00:00, 26 September 2018
Josh Kennedy is preparing to fight for a European title on the biggest night of his boxing career.
Folkestone's Kennedy will be knocking on the door of the world's top 10 if he can beat Northern Irishman Tyrone McCullagh in Belfast next Friday (October 5).
Both fighters are unbeaten and their bout headlines a live televised show which features heavyweight David Price on the undercard.
Kennedy admits it's the biggest test of his 11-0 professional record but, as usual, is in bullish mood.
"He's never boxed anybody of my class before," Kennedy said. "He's got a false sense of confidence
"He's only ever boxed one opponent who was there to win and that was when he won his Celtic title against Joe Ham.
"No disrespect, but Joe has never beaten anybody who was there for more than a pay day.
"I'm not there for a pay day, I'm there to become the European champion and he's going to have a very rude awakening when he gets in the ring with me. He's going to have the toughest night of his life."
Kennedy has been training in Tenerife, sparring with British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh.
He knows a hostile home crowd awaits on the other side of the Irish Sea but won't let that put him off.
Kennedy said: "There's nothing that fazes me. I've boxed all over the country as an amateur.
"It's different as a professional and I am boxing in his hometown but as long as I've got gloves on, I'm going to win the fight.
"I've got no doubt in my mind that belt is coming back to Kent with me.
"He's had 10 journeymen and one challenge. Don't get me wrong, I've boxed journeymen who were there for the money but I've been in legitimate title fights and I've boxed former champions and challengers.
"When I won my Southern Area title, I boxed Jamie Speight.
"He'd gone 10 rounds with Josh Warrington, who's now a world champion, 10 rounds with Jason Cunningham, who was a former Commonwealth champion and eight rounds with Ben Jones, who was boxing for the IBO International lightweight title.
"I stopped him in three rounds.
"Bobby Jenkinson, who I boxed in May, was a former Commonwealth champion and I beat him comfortably on points.
"I've had legitimate tests and come out on top; he's always had it his own way.
"I think he's going to crumble under the pressure when he gets in the ring with me."
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