Ben Jones is hoping Lee Selby wins the world featherweight title – so he can take it off him.
The 32 year-old from Crawley is back in action at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, May 29 and the following day, Selby challenges Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF featherweight championship.
Jones has decided to campaign at 9 stones and co-managers Kaz Evans and Mickey Helliet have plotted his route to the world title.
The plan is for Jones to win this month, then capture the IBF Intercontinental title this summer.
That should earn him a top-10 world ranking – and put him in line for a crack at the winner of Selby-Gradovich.
Jones has fought Selby before – losing a close six-round decision in June, 2010 – and says he would “love” the chance to reverse that loss to the Welshman.
Jones said: “Lee is a fantastic fighter, but I think he struggles with fighters like me.
“He’s big for the weight, but so am I. I have a high workrate, can stay with him and tire him out.
“I’ve watched that fight between us over and over again and I’m convinced it should have been a draw. I won the last two rounds clearly.
“The Sky Sports commentators thought Selby was a good prospect, but even they said of there had been two more rounds it would have been a different result.
“We both have big fights to win first, but if we do, there’s no reason why the fight can’t happen.
“I’m sure the whole of Crawley would come to fight me and if the fight was in Wales, I would get plenty of support there as well.
“My dad and his family are from North Wales.”
The next step for Jones is a six rounder against Laszlo Fekete, a Hungarian he describes as “raw, but tough. He’s a good stepping stone.”
Jones will be a heavy favourite to chalk up a third straight win and the ex-WBO European champion is convinced the best days of his ring career could be ahead of him.
He said: “I’ve had some bad decisions go against me and I’ve made some bad decisions as well in my career.
“But I believe there’s more to come from me yet. I’m going to be a big featherweight and there’s nobody at the weight that bothers me.
“I’ve got a plan now and it’s a realistic plan.”
Tickets for the show at the York Hall are available from 07720-045566.