Simon Barclay is planning to conquer the world.
The Corby cruiserweight looks to extend his unbeaten record to five fights at Wolverhampton Civic Hall tomorrow (Saturday) night.
He has been matched with tough-as-old-boots Preston doorman Paul Morris and, according to his mentor John Mulheron, Barclay is in the mood to impress.
Mulheron – who knows the 25-year-old and his ambitions better than anyone – says he ‘wants to make a statement’.
Barclay headed to Corby Amateur Boxing Club just before his 15th birthday.
With Mulheron in his corner, he won ABA titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight before turning professional.
He is now trained by John Mulheron Jr, but his amateur coach is still very much part of the team.
He said: “I asked Simon how far he wants to go before his professional debut and he said: ‘All the way. I want to be world champion’.
“Now he knows what it takes to get there.
“He’s been over to work with Wladimir Klitschko and seen how hard he trains.
“When he’s sparred with world-class fighters like David Price and Ovill McKenzie, it’s been tough, but Simon has stuck at it.
“Simon is physically and mentally very tough.
“He’s got married and had a baby and that can make a fighter soft. It can take away their edge.
“But for Simon, his family have given him more motivation.
“He really, really wants that financial security now.
“He’s working hard in the gym, learning all the time and we definitely haven’t seen the best of him yet.
“Jason McClory (Barclay’s manager) says there could be an English-title fight by the end of the year and that’s pushing him on that bit more in the gym.
“He wants the English title, then the British title and, eventually, the world title.”
Barclay has shown in his opening four professional fights that he’s a skilled ring technician.
Now, according to Mulheron, he’s added more punches to his repertoire.
“Simon has always been a phenomenal body puncher,” he said.
“But in the amateurs they didn’t really score points so he didn’t throw many.
“He hurt his last opponent with a body shot and I think we’re going to see more of them from him.
“Body shots can open up opponents and help to break them down.”
In the top-of-the-bill fight on Saturday, Terry Flanagan, the unbeaten British lightweight champion, and Stephen Ormond clash in an eliminator for the WBO title and tickets are available from www.simon-barclay.co.uk.
The show will be screened live on BoxNation.