TOBIAS Webb will head into the ring in Swansea tonight with Paul Boyce challenging him to use his bout with Iain Jackson to make a clear statement about his future.
Brighton campaigner Jackson is seen as a dangerous opponent, capable of causing problems if he is given encouragement.
But Boyce reckons the bout at the Oceana nightclub will give Webb the perfect opportunity to show he has the quality to join the elite in British boxing's super-middleweight division.
"It's a big fight for Tobias because if he wins we will be aiming him at a Welsh or Celtic title in the new year," said Boyce.
"We are looking for him to really kick on with his career.
"He is already in the top ten in the British rankings but, like in football's Premier League, there are effectively two divisions within a division — the best and the rest.
"I want to see him joining the best, but he has to knuckle down and show more commitment when he's in the ring. He has to finish people off and show the kind of ruthless streak that all leading fighters have.
"It is not a question of talent, because he is a kid with every tool in the box in terms of his range of punches.
"But he needs to make a statement this evening, one that will make people sit up and take notice.
"He has to crack on, otherwise he will be left behind."
Jackson demonstrated his ability to cause an upset when he out-pointed Eder Kurti at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair last year.
Kurti had previously gone nine fights unbeaten, only to have an off night and Jackson was good enough to take advantage.
"If ever there was a result to focus Tobias's mind, that was it," said Boyce.
"But my guess is he will still have too much for Jackson. When he is at his best, he is a classy fighter."
Also on the bill this evening is Chris Jenkins against Stanislavs Leonovs, a hard-hitting Latvian, while Chris Ware is expected to take on another fighter from Eastern Europe and Swansea's Darryn Bushbye faces stablemate Leon Finlay.
"The scrap between Darryn and Leon could be the fight of the night," said Boyce.
"They are both exciting boxers who leave nothing in the ring and they always give value for money.
"It is almost too close to call. Darryn is unbeaten, while Leon is determined to get back on track after losing his challenge for the British masters' title last time out.
"I am looking at all these fights as stepping stones to title contests, so for the boys involved the stakes are high."