Josh Wale’s camp know they have more to lose in this month’s South Yorkshire super bantamweight showdown with Gavin McDonnell.
The Brampton scrapper has already challenged for English, British and Commonwealth crowns.
And on September 28 at Doncaster’s Dome he will meet a rising star in Mexborough-trained McDonnell who is on the cusp of major domestic title contendership himslef.
The winner is guaranteed a shot at the victor of next week’s British title bout between Kid Galahad and Jazza Dickens.
And Wale’s manager Carl Greaves believes it will be harder for Wale to land such fights in the future if he is bested by his Doncaster rival.
“He’s already been to the higher level whereas Gavin can look at this as if he loses, he can come back albeit starting back at a lower level,” Greaves said.
“Josh is at that level now where he just wants the big fights and he wants to become the British champion.
“Even though Josh is the younger he’s got more experience and there’s a lot more counting on this for him.”
Both fighters were tremendously confident of victory when they met at a press conference last week.
But McDonnell – who beat Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw last time – says this will be his toughest test to date.
“Josh’s fought all the best kids at bantam and super bantam. He went the distance with Stuey Hall who my brother (IBF world champion Jamie) had a great fight with,” McDonnell said.
“It’s going to be my hardest fight because he comes to fight. I’m confident in winning though and I think I’m ready for it. It’s time to step it up a level.”