Belfast fighter Carl Frampton goes into his fight with Aberdeen born Gavin Reid in confident mood, and is confident he can secure a clash with European super bantamweight champion Willie 'Big Bang' Casey in 2011.
Frampton takes on Reid for the Celtic title, live on Setanta Ireland on December 3rd, and is riding the crest of a wave after his destruction of former European Title contender Yuriy Voronin in September.
That clash had been scheduled to last eight rounds but Frampton stopped his opponent in three, putting extra focus on the latest star to come out of Barry McGuigan's stable.
While Frampton believes he is destined to lock horns with Casey - who claimed the vacant European belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Paul Hyland earlier this month - he is not underestimating the challenge to come from Reid.
“My fight with Gavin Reid will be a more competitive fight than Voronin," stated the 23-year-old.
"Gavin is tough, he is a hungry fighter, he has done ten rounds so he is a bit fresher than Voronin. He is going to be there and he is going to be coming to win.”
Frampton, however, is hoping that defeating Reid will lead to European glory in the near future.
“I realise that Willie will probably be fighting Kiko Martinez next and I have my fight with Reid in the Ulster Hall to prepare for – but hopefully sometime in the middle of next year we can get it on.
“I’m moving up in class with every fight, so after the Reid fight I can press for a good European ranking.
“To do that I’d be happy to fight Paulie (Hyland) as well. He is better than what he showed (against Casey). Maybe the occasion got to him a little but he can learn from that and if we fought I’d expect him to box more. Either way I think I would win.”
Frampton is preparing for the bout by sparring John Simpson in Scotland, where he has been joined by unbeaten super-featherweight Troy James, who is due to fight on the undercard.
James is getting himself ready by sparring WBO world title holder Ricky Burns and McGuigan believes the two boxers are gaining invaluable experience ahead of their December 3 bouts.
"The reason we come over is because this is the best sparring around. Two quality fighters in the same gym means great workouts for our lads, it's invaluable experience for them," McGuigan explained.
"Burns and Simpson work at an intense pace which suits Carl and Troy, after a week of hard work we are moving down to London for more sparring."