Simon Sherrington isn't likely to let the small matter of a broken nose deflect him from winning the British Masters Light-Middleweight belt this evening.
The 34-year-old from Chelmsley Wood was subjected to four years in the boxing wilderness after complications arose from a broken cheekbone.
Considering he didn't enter the professional ranks until his late twenties, a four-year hiatus from the ring wasn't what the doctor ordered.
Yet Sherrington has found the perfect antidote to his ailments by linking up with former British, Commonwealth and European Champion Pat Cowdell.
Sherrington has matured into an exciting fighter under the expert tutelage of Cowdell and he will top the bill of his Holiday Inn show in Birmingham this evening.
Adnan Amar is his opponent for the British Masters title and the much-vaunted boxer has only been stopped once in his 16-fight career (by West Bromwich's Dean Hickman).
This undoubtedly the biggest test of Sherrington's truncated professional career, yet he supremely confident of success with Cowdell in his corner.
"Pat is an absolutely awesome trainer. Since I linked up with him he has brought me on in leaps and bounds," enthused Sherrington.
"You only have to look at his record as an amateur and a professional to know that he is an expert in his field.
"His knowledge on the sport is fantastic and he has produced some excellent sparring partners for me in the build up to his fight.
"The only slight drawback was the fact I broke my nose a few weeks ago. However, I got a headguard with a steel bar across it and the bruising and swelling has completely gone now.
"I am in the best condition of my career though and have always wanted to fight for a title.
"I broke my cheekbone in my second fight back in 200 and complications meant I was out for two years.
"After I had undergone all the relevant scans it took me a further two-and-a-half years before I was able to box again, so I am making up for lost time.
"This is easily the biggest fight of my career and to have a title fight within 15 months is probably ahead of schedule."
As well as being a contender, Sherrington also runs a successful carpet cleaning business and teaches a twice-weekly boxing class at his local Baptist church.
Like most professional boxers, the 34-year-old has to supplement his income, which can be very time consuming.
Long hours in the gymnasium allied to a punishing work schedule can put a strain on home life.
However, Sherrington adds credence to the adage that behind every good man, there is an even better woman.
"I have got two young daughters and I have to give a lot of credit to my partner Gail," conceded Sherrington.
"She is incredibly supportive and allows me to continue boxing. If I came home and she was pulling faces about boxing it would cause trouble, but thankfully she isn't.
"I'm not going to make any money out of boxing, but that isn't my motivation," he admits. "Only a minority of boxers can concentrate solely on boxing. I have only had a short career, so I just want to go as far as I can." ..SUPL: