Motherwell boxer Iain Butcher is confident he will finally get another shot at the British flyweight title before the year is out.
Butcher returns to action in Wales on Friday against Brett Fidoe in his first bout under the management of Matthew Macklin.
Butcher said: “We wanted someone who would give me the rounds as we build towards December.
“We had looked at Brett before, I understood he had an English title opportunity coming up, but I guess that has fallen through and I look forward to facing him.”
It was last July that Butcher lost to Kevin Satchell in controversial circumstances in his first bid to be British champion.
He said: “I have been pushed to the background for ages but Kevin fights for the European belt on October 25 and regardless of whether he wins or loses the British title will be up for grabs.
“Talks are still ongoing, but I am the mandatory challenger and there is a board meeting on the 26th at which they should name my opponent.
“My new manager Matthew is looking to see who is running a card in December to get the fight on, but even if there isn’t one he is confident we can pull together the sponsorship to run it ourselves.”
Butcher now trains at the MGM gym in Marbella and says he is learning a lot.
He said: “It is tough being away from my family, but that is the sacrifice you have to make.
“I am getting top class sparring all the time, so it is a big change from the usual faces back home, and Danny Vaughan is working me hard on what he thinks I need to improve.”