Anthony Crolla is quite certain securing a win against Ricky Burns on Saturday, will make him a contender for world titles.
The Mancunian is hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday, after losing his last two fights to WBA lightweight champion, Jorge Linares.
And even though Crolla holds much respect for Ricky Burns, he is confident of victory at the Manchester Arena.
“Win this fight on Saturday night and I’m right back in world title contention,” Crolla told Sky Sports News.
“The fights against Linares didn’t go my way; I know I’ve got to rebuild. But I don’t want to be dropping down a level after being at this level for a good few years.
“I’m expecting a very tough fight but if I fight my fight, I come through.”
Burns lost his last fight at Super Lightweight, losing his belt to Julius Indongo and Crolla doesn’t expect the drop down in weight to be an issue for the Scot.
“I’m preparing for the best Ricky Burns,” he said. “He’s probably had his best performances at lightweight.
“Ricky has got a great engine; I’m not relying on him tiring down the straight and I’m sure he’s the same with me.
“I think we’ve got two strong lightweights in the ring on Saturday night.”
He added: “I know how hard it is to win one world title. For him to do that at three different weights shows the quality of the guy.
“I don’t plan on moving up three weights but I certainly want to win back a world title.
“Ricky deserves enormous respect. He’s very underappreciated in my opinion.”