Ex-Portsmouth man aiming for knockout end to 2018
Dave Birmingham is ready to continue a whirlwind end to 2018.
The former Pompey defender returns to his home city as he steps out at South Parade Pier on October 27.
Birmingham is one of a trio of Portsmouth boxers looking to shine with Lucas Ballingall and Garry Neale also on the card.
The lightweight is fresh off an eye-catching win off Anesu Twala last month and will look to send his army of hundreds of supporters home happy against journeyman Liam Richards.
That would set the 37-year-old up for a meeting with unbeaten Londoner Youssef Khoumari on December 1.
It's a frenetic schedule and means little time for respite for the Brian Davidson-trained boxer.
But Birmingham is ready to take on that challenge to get himself into title contention next year.
He said: '˜I'm not looking to hang around, so a busy schedule is good for me.
'˜I need to get this one out of the way before moving on to December 1.
'˜After the last fight Khoumari said he wanted to take me on, so I said 'let's do it'.
'˜He called me out so we've responded in the way we should.
'˜It means I've got three back-to-back camps together so it's all fun and games!
'˜I had three days off after the last fight - and I'm allowed a day off after this one!
'˜Then it will be straight back into the gym and down to business.
'˜That's the way I want it to be, though - but I'll certainly enjoy Christmas!'
With a fight with Khoumari on the horizon, Birmingham knows he can ill-afford to look past Richards next week.
But he's attacking the schedule with confidence bubbling after taking out an unbeaten prospect in Twala.
Birmingham added: '˜It was a big win, a big win.
'˜He was being touted to be this, that and the other, but they came unstuck big time. It should have been stopped.
'˜We knew we had what it takes to beat him and it will be the same again (with Khoumari).
'˜It gives me confidence and sets me up for the next couple of fights and hopefully bigger and better things in the new year.
'˜I can't look past next week, though.
'˜I have to see anyone who gets in the ring as a threat. It takes one punch to change a fight.
'˜I'm not good enough to overlook opponents, because I'll come unstuck.
'˜So I'll treat this as a title fight - and that's how I'm preparing.'