Marc McCullough will enter the ring on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena with a tinge of regret – but he will be looking to keep his career on the upward spiral.
The John Breen-trained fighter will take on Malkhaz Tatrishvili in Belfast – but he was hoping for so much more.
“I would have loved to have been the chief support but my hand injury kept me back.
“I was offered a couple of big fights – but at this level you have to be fully fit when you get in the ring.
“You have to be physically and mentally spot-on, but I am glad of the fight and then hopefully I will be back out in Belfast in April or May,” he added.
Also on the bill Anthony Cacace faces Santiago Bustos in what promises to be an entertaining fight.
And Cacace admits working under Shane McGuigan has brought him on.
“I used to love drinking coke and did not really look after myself too well. But Shane has sorted my diet out and I am loving life at the minute.
“It is great to be on a big bill like this and I am out to impress.
“Joining the gym has given me a huge boost and I think this year I will be fighting for a title.”
Meanwhile, the explosive Conrad Cummings takes on Roberto Palenzuela.
Both fighters are unbeaten so far in their careers but Cummings has impressed coach McGuigan in the gym and big things are expected of the middleweight.
In the other fights hard-hitting heavyweight Dillian Whyte will slug it out with Beka Lobjanidze, Denton Vassel tackles Viktor Plotnikov, Josh Pritchard faces Aron Szilagyi and Paddy Gallagher fights Miguel Aguilar.