BIOLA KUDUS is planning to hit the ground running with a frenetic start to 2016.
The Leigh Park cruiserweight has been handed two quick-fire contests, culminating with an eight-round showdown with Peterborough’s Karl Wheeler.
That is poised to bring a cracking atmosphere to the home of British boxing, York Hall’s Bethnal Green, on March 19.
But, before that, unbeaten Kudus has a tune-up contest in Brighton to negotiate on February 12.
It’s a busy opening to the year for the 29-year-old, who is targeting collecting a Southern Area title this year.
A belt will be on the line against Wheeler, in the shape of the newly-created Challenge title.
More importantly for Kudus, it means tackling an opponent with a winning record for the first time in the shape of 10-6-1 Wheeler.
He knows that should make for an exciting occasion, with both men taking a strong following to the capital.
Kudus said: ‘I’ve got a fight at the Brighton Metropole first, though, next month.
‘It’s a four-round warm-up for the eight-rounder against Karl Wheeler.
‘It’s for the Challenge belt, and it will be a step up for me.
‘In my view it’s a stepping stone on the way to the Southern Area title later in the year.
‘That’s the path I’m looking to take.
‘Karl Wheeler will be a big one. He’s from Peterborough and will have a strong support.
‘I know he’s a boxer with a winning record and decent backing.
‘So he’s going to be coming to win. It’s an opportunity for him as well.
‘He’s been away from the sport for a while and has come back hungry.
‘The promoter is happy because he knows we’ll both bring a following.
‘Doing that at the home of boxing will create a real good atmosphere.’
Kudus has been sparring Prizefighter winner Wadi Camacho and Turk Onder Ozgul in readiness for action.
He said: ‘My preparations are going well.’
Tickets for Kudus’ next contest are available from Bored of Southsea and The Library Barbers Club Of Southsea priced £35 and £50 (ringside).