'I'll earn right to box for the British belt'
FEATHERWEIGHT boxer Samir Mouneimne says he's ready to make the step up to the next level after securing a British title eliminator.
The British Boxing Board of Control have sanctioned Mouneimne's bout next month against Scottish area champion David Savage as an eliminator.
The winner of the bout at the Sports Arena in Hull is expected to meet English champion Josh Warrington for the right to box for the British belt.
With an elimination bout against British number seven Savage, Mouneimne has finally been given a chance among the sport's elite.
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It is a fight the 25-year-old says he deserves and has been a long time coming.
"This is the fight that gets me to the next level and it's a fight I've been waiting the last year for," Mouneimne told the Mail.
"This is what I've been working towards. I've matured a lot since I won the international masters title a year ago, I've learnt a lot and I'm ready to move up now."
The bout on December 8 will be the chief support fight on the televised Mick Hennessy bill, which will see European champion and Olympic gold medal winner James DeGale in action.
Mouneimne's opponent represents his toughest test to date, with Savage picking up just one defeat from his 16 professional contests.
Ranked inside the British top 10 alongside Mouneimne, Savage will come to Hull confident of himself taking a significant step to becoming British champion.
"It's going to be really tough, I'm sure about that," adds Mouneimne.
"He's only lost once, he's stopped people, won belts and was an international amateur, but I'm ready for him. I always box better against quality opponents and he'll bring the best out of me."
The 10-round bout will be only the second of Mouneimne's 11-fight career at that distance, with his first ending after just three rounds against Chris Riley a year ago.
While the show has only just been announced and is three weeks away, Mouneimne has been in camp for some time having originally been lined up to fight on Ricky Hatton's comeback show next weekend.
Expecting Savage to go the distance, Mouneimne says he's trained for a 10-round contest and is positive he'll be strong enough should it go the distance.
"I did eight rounds of sparring yesterday and came through that really well," said Mouneimne.
"I've been training really well doing two or three sessions a day and I'm in great shape. I'll be ready for this fight, I cannot wait."