CHORLEY boxer Jack Catterall is hoping Christmas can come early by defending his WBO Inter-Continental title against Diego Gonzalo Luque

The 23-year-old super-lightweight is putting the final pieces together of his preparations ahead of the the bout at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley on Saturday.

He will come up against Luque of Argentina over 12 rounds as part of the MGM Scotland card topped by Billy Joe Saunders in the first defence of the WBO middleweight belt against Artur Akavov.

Catterall said: “Luque is on the back of three wins so I am expecting it to be a tough fight.

“But I have been working hard and expect to come through it.

“Sometimes people look too much at their opponents but I am just focussed on what I can do and my manager and coach will have a gameplan to make sure everything is going how it should be.”

The ex-Albany Academy pupil boasts an impressive record 16-0 with nine knock-outs and Catterall insists he does not want to have a loss.

He said: “I am undefeated and I really want to keep that.

“There are lots of good fights in my division and I want to defend this title and move on.

“This fight has come at a good time so that when I get the fights done and then enjoy Christmas and the New Year and prepare for a big 2017.”

With nine early finishes under his belt, Catterall admits he enjoys getting victories not just knockouts.

He said: “I know that I have the power to finish fights early but it does not always go like that.

“I enjoy using my skills and going the distance because I know I have a good engine.

“As long as I can win every round and pick up the win that is the main thing.”

The southpaw has been earning praise with European and Intercontinental honours to his name by the age of 23.

However, he admits it does not affect him.

He said: “It is nice to get praise for your fights but I tend to take them with a pinch of salt.

“Every time you get in the ring , it is a new challenge and each fight is different.

“You just need to focus and lots of people are watching you.

“Some want you to slip up but as long as I give 100 per cent I am happy with that.”

Boxing in Chorley is really flying high at the minute with Catterall’s exploits in the ring as well as Jennings Gym in Coppull getting a great reputation.

Catterall said: “ I know Mick (Michael Jennings) has got a good stable there with lots of boxers winning.

“Chorley has always had a lot of good boxers and I am enjoying representing the area.”

Catterall’s fight will be shown live on BoxNation on Saturday night.