Darren: I'm all set to dazzle

The Sun Danny Barber21st May, 2009

The undefeated 27-year-old is confident he will defend his Commonwealth middleweight title for the fourth time when he faces McDermott at Watford's Coliseum.

And Barker plans to make short work of the final eliminator to set up a clash with British champ Matthew Macklin - a fight he believes should ALREADY be in the bag.

Barker, who boasts 19 wins from 19 fights, said: "I deserved to be the mandatory for the British title without having to go through an eliminator.

"But it's just another fight and another chance to prove I'm No1 in the country at middleweight."

Standing in Barker's way is McDermott, who at 6ft 1in will provide a stiff test.

And the Black Country Bodysnatcher does not plan on leaving the ring without picking up the 17th win of his pro career.

He said: "There's only going to be one winner and that's me.

"Barker is a good technical boxer but I think I've got more grit and strength - that will make the difference."

Unshaken by his opponent's confidence, Barker is determined to ensure he gets the chance to take out his frustrations on Macklin.

And with the support of WBC super-middleweight champ Carl Froch, who is both his friend and sparring partner, Barker appears to be on the road to success.

The Hennessy Sports event at the Coliseum in Watford can be seen LIVE on ITV4.