Mark Coombs has targeted making a knockout impact as he gets his ‘dream’ title shot on home soil.
Coombs takes on Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov at the Pyramids tonight and is after a stoppage as he boxes for the International Masters title.
The light-middleweight, nicknamed Kid Kurylak, puts his 9-0 record on the line as he aims to turn on the style in front of his own fans.
Coombs has yet to win by way of knockout in any of his professional bouts to date and knows tonight’s contest represents his biggest moment in boxing.
Now he is determined to take the opportunity – and make a statement with his improved power.
Coombs said: ‘We’ve changed things up for this fight.
‘I normally move around as a fighter and jab but we’ve slowed things down and are working on power punches.
‘I’ve done a lot of weights to get my strength up.
‘I feel I need a stoppage. I’ve gone eight fights without getting one.
‘I used to knock people out in the amateurs, so I’d like to go out and make a statement.
‘I’m focusing on the fight. It’s a dream to fight for a title in your own back yard.
‘In the amateurs I wasn’t winning at one stage, then I started to win stuff before turning pro and now I’m a 9-0 fighter boxing for a title. It’s a big turnaround.
‘The dream is to box for a British title. If I can win this fight it may open the way for an area or English title.
‘I think I’m good enough to fight for the British title one day. I want this fight to show I’ve arrived in the pro game.
‘It’s all about power. I know I’ve got it and I’ll be going for the stoppage.’
Coombs has stayed local for his training camp ahead of the contest tonight.
The 27-year-old believes there has been no need to change his usual schedule and feels ready to go the 10-round distance if necessary.
He explained Hyuseinov has a good amateur pedigree and reckons his opponent, who has a 3-1 record, won’t be coming to put up the white flag.
Coombs said: ‘I haven’t taken any time off work and I’ve always been fit to fight, so I haven’t changed anything.
‘It’s over 10 rounds for a title so I suppose it’s my biggest fight.
‘He’s a Bulgarian who has had a few fights and won a national title.
‘He has a good amateur record, stopped his last boy and his only loss is to a 5-0 kid.
‘It should be a test. The last home fight Floyd Moore had with a Bulgarian shows they don’t come to lose.
‘So I’m training for a hard fight.’
Coombs is not the only local fighter in action at the Pyramids as professional boxing returns to Portsmouth.
Fareham’s Floyd Moore takes on Johnny Greaves in a lightweight contest, while Andy Gatenby faces Delroy Spencer at super-bantamweight.