CONNOR LAW, the Kelty battler, has to maintain his winning run against a former Commonwealth champion if he is to keep progressing in the ring.
That's the view of his Glenrothes Boxing Club coach Stevie McGuire as the Kelty star prepares for a meeting with experienced Welshman Bradley Pryce on Saturday.
Light-middleweight Law is unbeaten since turning professional with 10 victories – two of which were by knockout – and will face Pryce in what is the chief support to Highlander Gary Cornish's British heavyweight title fight with Sam Sexton at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
The talented former Beath High man, who turned his back on the amateur ranks after missing out on Commonwealth Games selection in 2014, has been in imperious form, with his 10th win coming against Francis Tchoffo in March.
McGuire, while admitting that 36-year-old Pryce – who won the Commonwealth middleweight belt in 2006 and went on to make six successful defences – represents a step up in class, insists that Law is capable of winning and must if he aspirations of competing for titles of a similar nature.
He told Times Sport: "It is a step up but Connor's ready for him. Bradley Pryce is a pretty good forward step; it is the main support for a title fight and he has boxed a for a few titles, WBO and WBA. He's been Commonwealth champion and had a few defences but we want a test for Connor.
"He's (Pryce) been shouting on Facebook that he wants to take Connor's unbeaten record, so he's fired up for it as well. Connor's been training well; he's been sparring hard in Glasgow and I told him that if he takes that into the ring, he'd be world champion next week.
"If he's going to go anywhere in boxing then he has to beat these guys."
McGuire added: "We're looking at him being a title contender at the start of next year; a Celtic, British or Commonwealth. It's onwards and upwards and Connor is the kind of boxer that, if you put a good lad in front of him, you'll get the best out of him. He can be nervous to begin with but once the first 10 seconds is out of the way, he starts to take control.
"I don't think this guy's clever enough know to upset Connor, so he should come through it unscathed. But if we wants to progress he has to beat these kind of guys."
Promoter Paul Graham added: "Connor has made a whirlwind start to his pro career and has impressed every time he has set foot in the ring.
"But now is the time for him to take a step up in class, and there's no doubt Pryce represents exactly that."