Scott Fitzgerald admits he has work to do before a possible domestic blockbuster against former GB team-mate Anthony Fowler.
The 26-year-old light-middleweight ace was far from his best on Saturday when he came up against Craig Morris in Birmingham.
Fitzgerald was taken all the way in his first 10-round fight before finding something special to knock his opponent out.
However, the Jennings Gym fighter had found himself on the back foot for a large part of the bout with some observers having Morris ahead on the scorecards heading into the final round.
“It was harder than I expected, which is a stupid thing to say when you think,” said Fitzgerald.
“He was a lot stronger than I thought and I was on the back foot a lot.
“It w asn’t what I expected but I’ve gone into the 10th round and I’ve managed to find it.
“I’ve managed to put him away although it was a bit one-paced and a sloppy performance really.”
Despite being less than impressed with his own performance, Fitzgerald believes he will be ready for when a bout against Fowler when it
becomes a reality.
“Whenever they are ready for it, I will be ready,” said Fitzgerald.
“There will be no slip-ups and I will be able to get through those gears.”
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn reckons a match-up with Fowler will be the perfect next bout for the Preston ace.
Hearns said: “I think the fight against Morris was the perfect learning fight for Scott.
“Massive credit to Craig Morris – I thought he was excellent.
“But the fight against Fowler is what makes sense and it will be like a final eliminator for a British title.”