JOSH PRITCHARD takes the next step in his whistlestop boxing education in Scotland tonight.
The Purbrook featherweight takes his next step in the pro ranks when he meets Frenchman Jean Noel Alvarez in Edinburgh.
I just want to keep the momentum going.Josh Pritchard
Pritchard, nicknamed the Punisher, will be looking to inflict a first stoppage on his durable opponent.
It will continue a busy period for the 21-year-old with his second contest in a fortnight and his fifth since turning pro in February.
Those match-ups have taken place in Northern Ireland, Germany, London, Brighton and now north of the border as he learns the trade with the McGuigan stable.
Pritchard is still looking to get out again before the close of the year, with the former Moneyfields amateur hungry to fine-tune his development.
But first up his focus lies on shining against Alvarez.
Pritchard said: ‘It’s fight time and there’s no feeling like it.
‘It’s been a busy time and it’s worked out a bit like the amateur days.
‘My last opponent was a step up and this will be again.
‘He’s resilient and never been stopped, so he should provide a bit of test for me.
‘If I can get him out of there that would be a great statement.
‘I’m going in there to get the job done and I just want to keep the momentum going.
‘I’m still looking to get out again before Christmas.
‘I’m looking to do as much as I can in this first year.’
After two points wins, Pritchard has now recorded two stoppages. He feels those contests have proved key in aiding his learning curve.
Pritchard said: ‘Everything I’m doing in the gym is working in the ring.
‘I learnt a lot from the first two because I didn’t stop them.
‘The fights should have been stopped because they were one-sided beatings but they hung on for dear life and I majorly learnt from that.
‘I know when I need to relax and wait for the opportunity.
‘If you can do it in a classy way, pick your shots and finish them that way – that is what you want to ideally do.’