Vijender Singh, unbeaten with demolishing wins in the previous three contests, will take on a slightly more experienced Hungarian Alexander Horvath in his fourth professional bout on March 12 in Liverpool. (Vijender Singh Knocks Out Sonny Whiting to Start Professional Boxing Career With a Bang)
Vijender is preparing for a homecoming to India in June when he will fight maiden title bout - the WBO Asia belt. (Vijender Singh's Maiden Title Bout Tentatively Set For June 11)
The in-form middleweight boxer has been unbeaten in the circuit, having clinched all his three wins by knockouts in only six rounds of action since his pro debut last October.
Vijender will have no time to rest as he has another big fight lined up just three weeks later at the Harrow Sports Centre, London, as he builds towards his ground-breaking title opportunity in India.
Horvath comes into the fight against Vijender with a record of five wins from seven fights. The 20-year-old Horvath has the edge in experience over Singh with 31 rounds under his belt and has no fear of fighting abroad, taking bouts in Slovakia and France.
"It's my absolute dream to fight back home in India in front of my countrymen and women so I won't let Horvath get in my way of that at all," stated Vijender.
"I need to continue my unbeaten record and it's important that I put on a commanding performance against Horvath and then next at Harrow to keep on course for my title shot and my homecoming."
Speaking about his opponent, Vijender said he does not consider Hungarian a major threat.
"Horvath is a good solid opponent, maybe he will give me a few new tests, he has done more rounds than me and has a bit more experience, but will that compete with the power that I have and when I start landing my shots. I don't believe that he'll be standing around for too long," he said.
"I'm really excited as this is my first fight of the year and there are big plans ahead so I aim to make a very big statement of intent in Liverpool against Horvath that will show that I'm ready to fight for a title later this year."
Horvath said he has seen plenty of weaknesses in Vijender and he can be the first man to exploit them and inflict the first defeat to shatter his homecoming title dreams.
"Three before me have tried and failed to beat Singh, so now I will finally end this pretender's hope of winning a title," said Horvath.
"Everyone who has gone into the ring with him seem like they are a rabbit in headlights. I have seen nothing from Singh that worries me or causes sleepless nights so I'm fully confident going into the fight and ready to knock him out.
"I hope that his chin is ready for the punches that I will be landing on them because for once he will be put under a real test by me," he added.