Cameron Hardy is relishing his Shock N Awe 28 main-event contest.
The Royal Navy ace tops the bill against Jean Do Duc at Portsmouth Guildhall tonight.
Hardy makes his comeback after suffering a nasty cut during his TKO victory over Bailey Gilbert in June – which moved his professional record to 3-1.
It forced him to pull out of his fight against Kingsley Crawford on BAMMA Fight Night London later that month.
The Darlington-born charge has made a full recovery from that setback, though, and is excited to return to the cage.
He meets a dangerous opponent in Frenchman Do Duc (5-2), whose five wins have all arrived via first-round submission.
Hardy, who trains out of Fratton’s Gym 01, knows he’s heading into his toughest battle to date.
But the 23-year-old is confident he’ll come out on top.
Hardy said: ‘I can’t wait for the fight at the Guildhall.
‘I was there not long ago with the Royal Navy boxing team and couldn’t believe how big it was.
‘My cut has recovered now and it’s been fine during sparring.
‘After my last fight, I also had a couple of injuries that kept me out of the cage.
‘My opponent is a late replacement, but I haven’t been focusing on that too much.
‘I’ve just been focusing on my own game at the end of the day.
‘He’s got five submission wins but I’ve been working a lot on my ground game.
‘In my last fight against Bailey Gilbert, I surprised a few people by taking it to the ground.
‘At first, I focused a lot on my stand up but it’s MMA at the end of the day and you’ve got to be well-rounded in all areas.
‘My opponent has never been out of the first round.
‘He’s been finished twice in the first round and I’m hoping that I can use that to my advantage.
‘I’m confident I can get another victory.’
Hardy missed out on a prized opportunity to meet Crawford on the BAMMA card.
Gym 01 head coach and Shock N Awe promoter, Gareth Johnson, stressed it was the correct decision.
He said: ‘We pulled him out of the last fight because obviously the cut was never going to heal.
‘You put someone in with a cut like that and it’s potentially career-changing and life-changing damage that can be done.
‘But now looking at him you wouldn’t even think it’d happened.’