Boxing: Terry Carruthers confident of retaining Midlands title
Birmingham light-middleweight Terry Carruthers is convinced he will beat Jason Welborn and says their upcoming fight will be a step towards a British title shot.
The two Midlands rivals meet in Birmingham on 19 December with Carruthers in confident mood.
"He's had his chance and now it's my time. I know what Welborn is about and I know I'm going to win," he said.
"He's coming into my city and I'm going to send him back defeated."
Carruthers is the current Midlands area champion, having won the title on points against Steven Spence in October.
The 27-year-old, who has 15 wins from his 36-fight career, has been in the ring with a number of respected opponents. He also reached the final of the recent Prizefighter tournament.
"I've fought Chris Eubank Jr, I've beaten Nav Mansiuri the English champion, and I've fought and drawn with Liam Smith, who is the current British champion," said Carruthers.
Welborn, from Tividale, had his biggest fight to date in January 2013 when he fought Birmingham's Frankie Gavin for the British welterweight title.
Since that defeat, Welborn has stepped up to light-middleweight and beat former British and English title challenger Max Maxwell in September to win the British Masters strap.
Carruthers, however, is not worried by Welborn, who has only lost twice in 15 bouts.
He said: "I know I am going to have a good Christmas.
"I'll still be Midlands champion and looking forward to a British title shot. I'll make sure of that."