Despite having just seven professional contests, Michael Conlan takes on a former World Title challenger on Saturday night.
The rising Featherweight star meets Adeilson Dos Santos, who challenged Jessie Magdaleno for his WBO Super-Bantamweight belt as recent as April 2017.
British fight fans will be familiar with Dos Santos after he took Kid Galahad the distance back in 2014, and the Brazilian promises to give Conlan a tough night.
"It’s a considerable step up for me, certainly. I know Belfast is a hugely knowledgeable boxing crowd and there was no way I wanted an easy option. I’d have been hounded for it," Conlan told MTK Global.
Promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank, Conlan's first seven outings have all taken place in America, including headlining shows on St Patrick's Day in New York.
This weekend the 26-year-old boxes in his home city of Belfast for the first time since December 2010, live on BoxNation.
"I need this fight anyway because there’s no point in fighting lower-level opposition any more. It’s all part of a learning curve and a journey to the top. Dos Santos is significant.
"I hear Dos Santos is big, aggressive and will come forward. It’s clear he can punch and he’s been in with some high-class opposition. He comes to win but I’ve worked too hard to let him," he warned.
Earlier this year the Northern Irishman joined Adam Booth's growing stable of fighters and admits that he leaves the opponent research to his trainer.
"If I’m honest, I don’t watch much footage of my opponents. I let my coach Adam Booth go over the tactics, tell me what we need to do and I go and put the plan into action.
"I trust Adam completely. We struck up a bond quickly and our work together so far has been great. I have real faith in him knowing what he’s doing and that’s where the trust comes from," added Conlan.
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