Set to challenge for the International Boxing Organization Continental Super Light title later this month, Scotstoun boxer Ahmed Mweva is convinced he’s more than ready to make the step up.  

The current BBBofC Scottish lightweight champion, 28-year-old Mweva has enjoyed an impressive run of seven wins from his last seven bouts - an effort that has landed him a shot at the IBO continental belt.

And Mweva, who cruised to a straightforward points win over Englishman Ibrar Riyaz in his last outing, has no hesitation in labelling his upcoming battle as the biggest fight of his career.

“This is a massive opportunity for me to move up to a different level,” Mweva told Post Sport.

“I was actually offered this fight the week before my last fight at the beginning of February but there was no hesitation there.

“I went into my fight against Riyaz knowing I needed to avoid doing anything daft, I just went in there to get the job done, get it out of the way and then put all my focus on this.

“It was a good comfortable win and the perfect tune up fight for what lies ahead.

“This will be one of the biggest fights of my career so far, maybe the biggest, as it’s a brilliant chance to get my name out there and step up a level.

“These are the kind of fights that excite me and the kind of fights that will see me at my best.”

Every bit as eager to clinch that IBO Continental title, Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard (16-5-1) will be at the other side of the ring on Friday, March 20.

And while Mweva admits he doesn’t know too much about his opponent’s style, something he says he prefers, his 32-year-old rival comes with plenty of experience.

“I wouldn’t expect anything but a really tough fighter at this level to be honest, but I’m ready to step up to the challenge regardless,” he added.

“He will have plenty of experience, but, other than that, I don’t know too much about him. I’m more than confident I’ll be able to handle anything he brings on the night and I’ll get the job done.

“Lee comes from Rotherham which is close to where we’ll be fighting so he’ll have the support of the home crowd. I have no issues being the away fighter, but I’ll be travelling down with a good number of friends so it will be a brilliant atmosphere on the night.

“All that doesn’t really have an impact on the fight, though. It’ll just be myself and Lee in the ring so the best man will win.”

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