Rohan Daté [4(3)-0] doesn’t believe making a step up won’t stop him putting his opponent down.
Possibly more importantly the Waterford man claims his next opponents noted power won’t have him on the seat of his pants come April 6.
It’s a clash of the big punchers when Date takes on Abdelghani Saber [9(9)-0-1] in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Daté has dropped every fighter he has shared the ring with despite being brought the distance once and the Dubai based Waterford man really caught the eye with a 26-second demolition of Cork-based South African Jade Karam in his home town in February.
However, Saber’s KO percentage makes for better reading the Egyptian champion has stopped nine of his 10 foes to date.
Date has been reminded too often of his fifth pro foe’s ability to punch, but claims he is anything but worried.
“He’s an ex-Egyptian team boxer and came straight to the UAE to turn pro. Everyone we have been in contact with has mentioned his power so it will be a big step up. In saying that I have no fears going into this one,” Date told Irish-Boxing.com.
The Deise banger isn’t ignoring the threat Saber brings to the ring-although there have been some question marks with regarding the level of opponent faced-rather he speaks from a position of confidence.
Daté has turned full time and the fighter with who has made a brilliant start to pro life claims he is constantly improving.
“I’m not taking any steps back in training since the last fight. I was probably in the best condition I had been for the last fight and have only increased the tempo for this one now especially after all the spars I got when I was home,” he continued before indirectly predicting another stoppage win.
“I think this will just be another representation of myself as a boxer to look out for. He should test me and maybe it will go a few rounds, but that will just allow me to show some of the stuff I have been working on in camp. We both haven’t lost as pros so it’s definitely a test.”