Chris Hobbs is hoping to write his name into Southampton boxing history by landing the English light heavyweight title.

The 30-year-old has already held the Southern Area strap, before losing it to Anthony Yarde.

But now he has his sights set on going one better and landing the English title when he takes on Liam Conroy in Preston on November 25.

Should he be successful, it would put Hobbs close to the achievements of Southampton greats Steve McCarthy and Steve Cooper, who both won British titles, something he is only too aware of.

He said: “I can’t wait to go and make history and be the first Southampton fighter to win this title. It means so much to me to put myself up there and overachieve from what was first set out when I turned pro.

“I’m training like a man possessed and refuse to be beaten.

“I will face hostile crowd no doubt but I have been in many hostile venues and situations before.

“Winning this belt would make me one of the most successful fighters since Steve McCarthy in the 90s and put me possibly in the top three fighters from Southampton behind McCarthy and Cooper who both won British titles, so that’s what is on offer for me.

“I’m giving it my all for this knowing that a loss will probably be the end of my career and I am not ready for that.”

Conroy will provide live opposition for Hobbs.

The 25-year-old, who will be fighting in front of his home fans, won the belt last time out against Portsmouth fighter Joel McIntyre and has 14 wins, three losses and one draw on his record.

Hobbs has a pro record of six wins, two defeats and a draw.

“I was due to box Miles Shinkwin in an eliminator back in September but a minor injury made me pull out,” explained Hobbs.

“I had intended not to fight this year and get back at it in the new year but then this massive opportunity came up and there was no way I could turn it down.

“I spoke to the army to make sure I could have the time with all my military commitments and they agreed so there it is.

“I respect Liam and expect a good hard fight. He had a great win in his last fight stopping Joel McIntyre to win the fight but I think he is made for me.”

The show is on a dinner show in Preston promoted by MTK Manchester. Ticket prices are £60, £80 and £100.

For tickets or info contact Hobbs via Twitter on @chrishobbsboxer or on 07517 121544.