Natasha Jonas has spoken of her “honour” at fighting for her first pro title in her home city of Liverpool.
Jonas is going for the WBA international super-featherweight title on the undercard to Amir Khan vs Phil Lo Greco, live on Sky Sports on Saturday.
“To be fighting for my first title in Liverpool is fantastic,” said Jonas who is aiming to extend her record to 6-0 against Taoussy L’Hadji.
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“It’s always an honour to box at home. Last time for my second fight, I perhaps rushed my work a little bit. But there were some hometown nerves there which is only natural. This time I’ll be looking to settle earlier and get my shots off.
“Whatever belts come, I’ll take, and I want this to be the first of many. That’s all down to [promoter] Eddie Hearn and [trainer] Joe Gallagher to map out though.
“All throughout my amateur boxing career you get told what you are doing and it’s not too dissimilar now. I’ve just got to make sure I’m in the best shape possible going into these fights.
“Everyone wants to fight for a world title, I know I’ve got it in me to win one. The better opponent, the better Tasha Jonas you’ll see.”
Jonas, the first woman to box for Great Britain at an Olympic Games, fights against France’s L’Hadji in her first scheduled 10-round contest.
Also on the undercard, Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth lightweight crown against Tommy Coyle.
Former British and European welterweight champion Sam Eggington begins life at super-welterweight, Rio Olympian Anthony Fowler boxes in front of his hometown fans for the second time as a pro and is joined by fellow Mersey hitters Tom Farrell and Craig Glover.
Watch Amir Khan: Off Limits at 9pm this Tuesday on Sky Sports Action.
Watch Khan vs Lo Greco from Liverpool, live on Saturday, April 21, on Sky Sports Main Event & Action, from 7.00pm.