Waterlooville boxer Mark Chamberlain handed another chance to impress promoter Frank Warren
Mark Chamberlain has been handed another chance to show why he is being talked about as a potential title contender within the next 12 months.
The Waterlooville lightweight has been confirmed to fight live in front of the BT Sport cameras at the Copper Box Arena on March 27.
Power puncher Chamberlain, 22, whose opponent is yet to be announced, has a rising reputation with the undefeated professional, winning four of his seven bouts inside the distance.
Top promoter Frank Warren rates the southpaw highly and his win over Stu Greener last July made him the first victorious fighter after the sport's return in Britain following the coronavirus shutdown.
Chamberlain has since overcome his toughest challenge to date - defeating Shaun Cooper in October - and he is now looking forward to just his second eight-round challenge in front of the TV cameras.
‘It’ll be a good 50/50 match up whoever it is and I’ll just see what names they bring to the table and go from there,' he said.
‘It’s all good exposure for me being on tele and signed with Frank Warren - it’s pushing me up the ladder.
‘I’d rather do eight rounds than one minute because you don’t learn anything.
‘You’ve prepared for eight rounds so it’s annoying if someone is to curl up in a ball in the first round.
‘You do all that hard training and early morning runs for nothing.'
Chamberlain, who sparred with British and Commonwealth welterweight title holder Chris Jenkins ahead of his fight later this month, believes he could thrust himself in the picture for a title bout should he extend his unbeaten record to 8-0.
He admits there is no huge rush, but hopes to have at least a title shot by this time next year.
Chamberlain added: 'Maybe a title next time round or maybe another eight-rounder and then a title (if he comes through this fight), I don’t know.
‘Hopefully in the next fight or two they look at something for me and then they push me on from there.
‘By this time next year I want to at least have a title. I know there’s no rush but I’m getting up there now and there’s no reason why not.'