Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald is hopeful that a British title shot will be coming his way next year.
The 25-year-old had to overcome a nasty cut to his right eye on Saturday before getting his latest professional victory.
Fitzgerald, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games back in 2014 in Glasgow, stopped veteran warhorse Bradley Pryce at the Liverpool Arena.
The cut came early on and it bothered the 25-year-old for a while, but he got over it well and ultimately stepped up his game to force the stoppage in the fifth round thanks to a brutal right upper cut.
That improved his pro reccord to 8-0 andthe win over Pryce should see him move into the country’s top-20 super-welterweights.
The current holder of the English title belt is Ted Cheeseman and Fitzgerald believes he is moving into position to face the Londoner and then perhaps having a tilt at the British belt.
“I’m maybe a couple of fights away from maybe fighting for the English title, Fitzgerald said.
“If I can get that before the end of the year, then it will set up a really big 2018 for me.
“I’d like to think a shot at the British title is there. That’s going to get vacated soon by Liam Williams so there’s a couple of final eliminators coming up for that.
“I feel like I’m as good as the fighters who are in for that, so we’ll see.
“I’ve sparred with Liam Smith (former world champion) and there’s talk that I might be going down to Wales to spar with Liam Williams, so we will find out what the future holds”
“That British title is something I am definitely going to be looking at next year.”