WORLD Boxing Foundation lightweight title-holder Brett W Smith has secured a fight he believes will propel him into the global boxing spotlight.
The Sunshine Coast fighter has booked a bout with Mexican Fermin De Los Santos to contest the vacant International Boxing Organization inter-continental lightweight title.
Smith, 32, has continued to gain more credibility in boxing circles since securing his world title by knocking out Joey Williams in the ninth round last November in Brisbane.
Smith is yearning for opponents with high credentials and believes De Los Santos is the perfect opponent to kick-start his quest of reaching the pinnacle of world boxing.
"If I win this fight it will put me in a position to challenge for the IBO world title," he said.
"There's no room or time for anything less in my career and I want step-up fights and bigger fights that lead to bigger things, and this is definitely along that pathway.
"Ideally, this year I just want to fight for a top-tier world title and win a better recognised belt.
"I've got the WBF world title but there are plenty of bigger ones out there and this is pointing me in that direction."
De Los Santos has fought 41 times for 25 wins (14 by KO), 14 losses and two draws, but has lost only one of his past 17 bouts, against Canadian Ghislain Maduma, who remains unbeaten after 15 fights.
Smith said the 30-year-old Mexican was regarded as a ferocious rival.
"He's a high-quality, typical Mexican fighter that is going to be without doubt the biggest test of my career," Smith aid.
"He lost to the Canadian fighter, who is currently rated as the number three WBC fighter in the world, which is the most recognised belt available."
Smith will challenge for the vacant International Boxing Organization inter-continental lightweight title at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, on March 8.
"It's just great for us to land such a high-profile fighter here in Australia," Smith said.