Don Broadhurst admits he has no regrets about snubbing the Beijing Olympic Games as he prepares for his professional debut on Saturday.
The 22-year-old flyweight, who looks like a teenager but possesses the punching power of a bull, shot to fame in March when he won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in Melbourne.
His brutal punching had promoters licking their lips in anticipation and Broadhurst has lined his pockets with Frank Warren.
However, Britain's premier promoter has a bill littered with glittering talent at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Saturday including home-town hero Amir Khan and IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods.
Despite the fact that Broadhurst has already sold in excess of 300 tickets, he is likely to be at the foot of the bill; all of which is light years away from the television audience of millions that saw Broadhurst's punching power strike gold.
His best mate and fellow gold medallist Frankie Gavin is likely to be boarding the plane to China in two years' time after resisting the lure of big-money deals but the Aston-based pugilist is in no doubt that plunging into Warren's deep pool of talent is the best decision he has made.
"I have got no regrets at all," said Broadhurst, who is expected to fight Walsall veteran Delroy Spencer on Saturday.
"When the Olympics comes around, I won't be thinking 'what if'? I always wanted to be a professional boxer from when I started as a kid. My first bouts were in smoky social clubs and I soon found out that it is a big world out there with over 40 international fights for England.
"I am still a baby at the age of 22 and there is so much more to come from me but a lot of the amateur tournaments are the same every year.
"My style is suited to the professional ranks so I won't have to change what has made me successful."
While the paparazzi will be swarming all over Khan and his entourage, Broadhurst will be able to concentrate on making his mark in relative obscurity.
Woods' title bout against Glen Johnson will be a robust affair while Takaloo and Michael Jennings contest the WBU world welterweight title.
Broadhurst's humble beginnings will be in stark contrast to the hype that surrounded Khan and Audley Harrison when they made their debuts and that suits the feisty flyweight just fine.
"It doesn't matter to me whether I fight first or last as
it won't change the result - I am still going to win," he added with confidence.
"I have been keeping a low profile at Paddy Lynch's gym in Garretts Green and I am happy to be top of the bill in two or three years' time.
"I can learn my trade and I wouldn't want the pressure that someone like Audley Harrison had from his very first fight.
"There will still be over 300 people there cheering me on, which is good considering everyone has spent all their money on holidays at this time of year.
"It would be great for me if Frank decided to bring Amir Khan to Birmingham as there is a huge Asian community within the city who love their boxing.
"Hopefully, I can have success of my own and help the other talented Brummies come through as the city is just starting to take off.
"I will have a few butterflies on the night, which is unusual for me as I wasn't even nervous before the Commonwealth Games final.
"Wayne Elcock has been giving me some good advice in the gym and I will take it on board about pacing myself, but I am very much my own man and I will fight in the style that suits me best."
Broadhurst needs to beat Spencer to avoid a tete ? tete with his younger brother. Seventeen-year-old Gary is already a star in the junior ABA ranks at light-welterweight. He has a lot to live up to, however, as his older brother was national champion at the age of 18.
Sibling rivalry is driving both brothers on but the professional says he has banned any sparring in the house, as he fears for his safety.
"Gary and I diet and run together and definitely spur each other on," Broadhurst said. "He has got a lot to live up to and has the added pressure of being my brother. Mind you, I won't be doing any more sparring with him as he is far too big for me. If I gave him half a chance he would like to get his own back from when we were a lot younger!"