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ANDY GATENBY is aiming to get himself into title contention by the end of 2014 after two quick-fire outings.

The Portsmouth super-bantamweight delivered victory over Qasim Hussain last weekend in Essex to extend his professional record to five wins.

That was off the back of a high-tempo exhibition against former navy man and amateur international Ricky Rose.

Gatenby’s career is now beginning to accelerate as he adjusts to the paid ranks.

And the 26-year-old isn’t looking to hang around as he bids to make a name for himself in a hurry.

That means the former Stacey amateur has a Southern Area title shot in his sights by the start of 2015.

Gatenby said: ‘I don’t want to hang around and you have to take this game seriously.

‘I’m planning to step up to six rounds and then eight towards the end of the year.

‘That’s all building towards a title contest by the beginning of 2015.

‘I’ve sparred the lad who holds the Southern Area title at the moment and I’m confident I can break him down.

‘I’m 100-per-cent confident I have what it takes to get to that level.

‘Every fight is more serious now and I’m treating it like that.

‘I realise what is needed to get to that level and am willing to make those sacrifices.’

Gatenby impressed against Hussain in Grays, winning three and sharing one of the rounds in a 40-37 points win.

He was pleased with his display but was equally encouraged about how he performed against an experienced amateur now looking to impress as a pro in the shape of Rose.

Gatenby believes he benefited from a training camp at Liverpool favourite Derry Matthews’ gym ahead of those contests.

He said: ‘The Ricky Rose exhibition was really good.

‘He’s a marine with a good reputation but I stuck it on him.

‘That was a confidence booster as was going to Liverpool and training three times a day. That was awesome.

‘I did well on the show last week, too, and have the belief to face anyone.’

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