Ghana's World Boxing Organisation junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe says he will be "moving up to the next level" when he defends his title against Japan's Hidenori Otake on August 25 in Arizona.
The 23-year-old Ghanaian will put the title he won with an 11th round knockout of Jessie Magdaleno three months ago on the line when he takes on the 37-year-old Japanese fighter.
Dogboe tells KweséESPN that he is long since over the elation of becoming a world champion and wants to use the title defence in Glendale to make another point.
"We are moving up to the next level," he says. "I am over the thrill of winning the world title but now, this is a different page and I want this to be the first of many successful defences I will have."
Dogboe's opponent for his first title defence has a record of 31 wins from 36 fights, two draws and three losses.
"We know everything we must about him and my father and trainer is mapping out the strategy," Dogboe adds, referencing the dual role his father Paul plays.
"Otake is a predator, he is strong, he is rigid and rated by all the major sanctioning body so we are taking no chances. He comes to fight, he comes to knock you out so come August 25th, we will find a way to knock him out.
"He will become the prey that day."
Dogboe feels Otake will be a more difficult opponent than Magdaleno was because, "It is an opportunity for him to become a world champion," but is adamant he, Dogboe, "will be stronger than ever."
"Regardless of who you are, when you put them in front of me, we find a way and on August 25th, we will find a way out," he concludes.