Kurt Walker will be looking to fulfil boyhood dream on Friday night as he faces St John Bosco’s Sean Higginson in the final of the Bantamweight division at the Irish Senior Elite Finals at the National Stadium in Dublin.
Walker from the Canal Club in Lisburn holds the upper hand over his rival as he won both of their previous encounters - but he says that counts for nothing.
“I am aiming for a hat-trick of wins over him and I am determined to get the job done.
“He is an awkward fighter but I know if I box to the best of my ability I will win the fight.
“I have to win this title - it will open doors to further things down the line - so defeat is not an option,” he added.
And Walker says he cannot wait to get started at the National Stadium.
“I have gone to watch the Irish Seniors before. The atmosphere was fantastic and it will be packed out on Friday night.
“I have a bus load of fans going down for the final and they will make some noise.
“It would be unbelievable to get my hands on an Irish Senior title. It is something I always wanted and I am ready for this final,” he added.
Also tonight Brendan Irvine from St Paul’s is in action against Hugh Myers in the Light Flyweight title.
And in the Lightweight final Sean McComb from the Holy Trinity club in Belfast) takes on George Bates.