Even though he fought for a world title in 2018, Belfast's James Tennyson faces a defining moment in his career tonight in front of the Sky Sports cameras on the Matchroom Fight Card in Essex when he challenges Welsh fighter Gavin Gwynne for the vacant British lightweight title.
Tennyson was stopped by defending IBF world super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer in Boston two years ago. But he has rebuilt his career as a lightweight and after four wins in the 135lb division, it is time for him to take a step up in class.
"You could say this is my first big tough fight at lightweight and it is a must-win fight for me," he suggests.
He's is much more comfortable boxing in the heavier division. "I'm making the weight a lot easier and I'm full of energy and feeling stronger. When I was boxing at feather and super feather a lot of my training was based around making sure I made the weight. Doing drastic weight cuts was killing me off. I was weak to the body and it showed. Now I've moved up I'm a lot stronger and I'll show that on fight night."
Gwynne's only career loss came when he challenged for the British lightweight title last year but lost to another Welsh fighter Joe Cordina.
All but four of Tennyson's pro wins have been achieved inside the distance whereas only two of Gwynne's 12 wins have come via knockout. But Tennyson's three losses defeats have come via stoppages.