David Howe will relish being the underdog in the heavyweight clash with Kash Ali on Saturday.
Trainer Ryan Rhodes thinks the Sheffield man can spring an upset over the much-fancied and unbeaten Rotherham rival, on a bill in Birmingham.
“David is up for it, he’s confident and has got a puncher’s chance” he said.
“Anything can happen in the heavyweight division and while Kash is looking to step up to the next level, David knows this is a big opportunity for him.”
Howe, now aided by strength and conditioning coaching at Hallam University, has been stopped six times in seven losses, but still has a winning record with 14 wins - six of them by KO.