The Birmingham boxer can fulfil his potential, reports Ian Clarkson...
Terry Adams will be as precise with his timekeeping as John Cleese's manic character in Clockwise, when he bids to win his first professional belt on Friday.
The 26-year-old Light-Middleweight, whose monicker is 'The Brummie Bulldog,' squares up to Matt Galer for the right to be Midland Area champion.
The pugnacious pugilist only joined the paid ranks in February of last year, but he has already garnered five successes during a brisk seven-fight career.
Adams has all the necessary ingredients to be a success in a region that is craving champions to hoist itself firmly back on the boxing map.
He possesses a punch like a hammer and his aggressive approach, which occasionally borders on reckless, has ensured that he is a big attraction - and the ability to sell tickets is a priceless commodity amongst promoters.
Galer, who has been in the ring with the likes of Jim Rock and Gary Lockett, represents a tough test for Adams.
But the Birmingham boxer certainly won't be sitting at home fretting about the outcome
Adams will be laying Tarmac until as late as Thursday evening, as well as undergoing gruelling work-outs at his training base.
However, he is delighted at being top of the bill so he can time his attack to perfection after blaming his last defeat in February on poor timekeeping.
The Ladywood-born Light-Middleweight was knocked out in the first round against the unbeaten Michael Lomax, but insists he needed matchsticks to keep his eyes open.
"It was really awkward against Lomax, as it was a televised show down in Essex and I was made to wait around for ever," said Adams.
"I got there at half past four and started preparing because the show started at six o'clock.
"I was warming up because I was told I would be on between 6.30 and 9.30, but the fight was continually delayed.
"We eventually got on at half past 12 in the morning and the show was originally scheduled to stop at midnight.
"I had been warming up for about seven hours and was yawning as I walked into the ring."
Adams responded impressively to that damaging loss and reeled off a shock win against Gavin Smith in Sheffield in July, which promptly landed him this title shot, and has turned round a career that looked to be going off the rails after two defeats by stoppage
His growing maturity in the ring has impressed many observers and he is clearly reaping the benefits of a more calculated approach.
Southpaw Galer has age, experience and home support on his side, but Adams is confident of producing a knockout punch to send his growing band of fans into raptures.
"I am over the moon to finally get a title shot, but I am not going to be over confident, " he continued.
"Galer is a come- forward type of fighter like me, so we will both be taking shots.
"I have watched him on video and I reckon I am quicker than him. I hope to use that to my advantage.
"He is also used to fighting at Middleweight so coming down to this weight might have an effect on him. When I was struggling to make lower weights I always felt weak going into fights.
"But I have found my level now and fell more powerful than ever.
"However, he is a southpaw and I have experienced difficulties against them previously.
"So I have been sparring with Stuart Elwell ( a southpaw) at Errol Johnson's gym and working on a tactical gameplan.
"If I beat Galer then I have been promised a re-match with the only other boxer to beat me, Jamie Coyle.
"When I fought against him I burnt myself out by the fourth round, but I am more sensible now.
"If this goes the distance of ten rounds, then I am more than ready. I will have a lot of fans there and they know they are in for an exciting night whenever I box.
"But I will keep my feet on the ground as I will be back laying Tarmac on Sunday morning. If you want any roads done - I am your man!"
* Tickets are still available for the show at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton. More details from EJKO Promotions on 07930 317789.