Simon Vallily fights for the third time in two months in Gateshead tonight hoping to show he is ready for bigger and better things.
The 28-year-old from Middlesbrough is still working over four rounds against former Prizefighter finalist Paul David as he gets to grip with the pro game.
But with a 2010 Commonwealth Games medal (at heavyweight) in the cabinet and the “freshness” of a young novice, Vallily has his sights trained upwards at a cruiserweight division where the British champion is also from the North East.
“This is my third fight on the bounce so things are going in the right direction,” said Vallily, who followed up March’s debut by beating Moses Matovu in September and Rolandas Cesna in October.
“I’m a young professional, fresh and learning all the time. Every fight, every round, I’m learning.
“I’m looking to make a big impact in the cruiserweight division.”
The Lonsdale belt is in the possession of Birtley’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson, due to defend it against Neil Dawson at the same venue in February.
“I’d love to fight Jon-Lewis,” says Vallily. “I’ll fight anyone in the country. Whatever comes my way, I’ll beat what’s in front of me.”
Vallily is one of three North East fighters in the Warren stable. “It definitely benefits me having Bradley Saunders and (Guisborough welterweight) Josh Leather coming through at the same time,” he said.
“We’ve been pushing on and I think we’ll achieve what we want to. Hopefully there’ll be big nights to come.
“This is just the start and it’s good to be a part of it. It’s brilliant fighting in the North East. When you’re fighting all over the world, or down in London, it just makes it that little bit extra special to fight in the North East. You want to put in a top performance in front of your friends and family.”