Dalton Smith is aiming to secure the Lonsdale welterweight belt after securing the British championship already.
A third successful defence will earn the fighter the strap and his upcoming fight against Billy Allington on February 18 (live on DAZN exc. Aus & NZ) will give him the chance to make it two consecutive attempts.
“I’m more storied in the sport,” Smith said, reported BoxingScene.com.
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“I’ve been in this sport since I was a little kid and I’ve seen the greats come through, the British title is a prestigious title and for me it has been a belt which means a lot.
“To keep it in the family, to have it for keeps it is something I’ve always wanted to do. My dreams are to go much higher than this but now that I’m here I don’t want it to pass especially considering how close I am to it and having it for keeps. There’s no reason I can’t do it.”
Smith added: “There is history behind the belt, it’s the oldest belt in boxing and it is something I want to keep in the family.
“I’m part of that history now and that excites me. To have it for keeps is a dream I’ve always wanted.
“My weight is stacked with talent, even domestically in the division. Maybe some different weights the competition isn’t so good so I can see why some move on [without defending the British title]. We can make some big fights for the British title. I’ve got two more defences and then my goal is to move on.
“I believe I’m one of the next stars to come through. The only thing I can do is concentrate on the next fight but you have to plan. I’ve put it out there - I want the British title for keeps. Towards the end of the year I want to be pushing onto the world scene.
“The world titles being split up means more doors will open. That’s boxing. People move on, people move up in weight, anything can change with the click of your fingers. I don’t look at it too deep. I like to see who is flying about in the rankings. When my time comes I’ll be ready for whoever.”