Paul Butler is a little fellow but tonight he aims to become one of boxing's big shots. With luck and the adroit application of his blistering combination punching the mini-Merseysider from Ellesmere Port will step into the sport's history books as the first Briton in over a century to drop down a weight division and win a second world title.
It is 15 years since Britain last staged a credible world heavyweight title fight – let's pass on the David Haye-Audley Harrison farce in 2010 – but this summer will see Tyson Fury in a worthy challenge for the crown on home territory.
When Merseysider Martin Murray faces arguably the world's most brutal boxer, Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, tomorrow night (Sat) he will be relieved that the contest has been booked for Monte Carlo rather than Madison Square Garden.
Diplomatic exchanges are not normally associated with boxing but those that have been taking place between the governments of the USA and Cuba may have a dramatic effect on the sport's future.
Being knocked unconscious is an unpleasant experience in any sport, whether it is in the ring or on the playing field. We have been hearing a lot about the effects of concussion on rugby players and I believe there is much to be learned from the way boxing deals with the problem of serious head injuries and the possible after-effects.