Jamie Conlan will look to put a few demons to rest at the Odyssey on Saturday night.
The talented former St John Bosco fighter has suffered in the past from injury and illness and it seemed like Conlan would never get to showcase the talent that most in Irish boxing knew he had.
The John Breen trained fighter made a statement of intent in February when he stopped Mike Robinson in the 10th round at the Odyssey.
Conlan showed that night, thst he can fight flat-out for 10 rounds and he also proved that he has KO power in the later rounds.
The West Belfast boy was supposed to face Hassan Azaouagh for the WBO European title but Azaouagh pulled out through injury and now Conlan will face Walter Rojas in a ten rounder.
Rojas has 19 KO’s from his 20 victories but Conlan says he is just glad to getting a fight on the bill.
“I was disappointed when the WBO European title fight fell through and trust me I have had loads of disappointments over the last few years, so I was jumping for joy when I heard they had found a replacement,” he added.
And Conlan admits he knows very little about Rojas before the two of them meet tomorrow night.
“I don’t know much about him but I have to go and fight these south Americans and prove that I can mix it with fighters from that part of the world.
“This should be a step-up in class for me and it is one I am ready to take.
“These are the fights I want. Every fight now is a World title fight because if I lose where do I go? I have to impress and the fight is being televised, so I really have to impress and show everyone watching what I can do.
“I want to make a name for myself and fight the top guys. But if I don’t look good why would they want to fight me?
“I have to build myself up and get my name out there and hopefully Barry McGuigan will push me on,” he added.
Rojas seems to have knock-out power but Conlan says that holds no fears for him.
“He has stopped 19 of his 23 opponents, so on paper he looks a bit of a puncher.
“I will have to be patient and I will be because I get patience from my father. His patience is tested by my mother every time they go out, as she takes for ever.
“I will be patient and see what he has and take it from there,” he added.
And trainer Breen says preparation has gone well.
“Jamie has worker hard and I believe he will go a long way. He has real ability and he will show that at the Odyssey on Saturday night.
“We are gutted the WBO European title fight fell through - but he has got this fight now and we will just have to get on with it.
“We don’t know very much about Rojas. He seems a bit of a puncher - but Jamie will have too much for him.”
And Breen’s other young charge Marc McCullough takes on Willie Casey for the Irish Featherweight title and the Belfast trainer can only see one winner.
“I think Marc will win and I think he will stop him. They have sparred together in the past and I can see Marc beating him. Willie’s a wee gentleman but Marc will beat him”