KIERAN Gething insists a late change of opponent for tonight’s Golden Contract super-lightweight quarter-finals at York Hall does not faze him one bit.

In fact, the Welsh champion, who now fights Londoner Jeff Ofori (10-1) in the MTK Global event, believes it could result in him producing a better performance than if he had faced Lewis Benson.

Gething (9-2-1) was originally set to face Mikey Sakyi in the tournament’s reserve fight, but withdrawals saw both men promoted to the main draw.

In Tuesday’s draw for the quarters, Gething got the chance to pick his opponent first, the 25-year-old opting for Edinburgh’s Benson.

However, the news broke yesterday that Benson had to pull out, leading to former Southern Area champion Ofori, 29, being drafted in to take his place.

Ofori only fought last Friday – a points defeat of Gerard Carroll in Liverpool – two months after suffering the first loss of his professional career.

“I’ve been following Ofori’s career a little bit because he has boxed on Mo Prior shows,” said Gething.

“He’s a come forward fighter, but I don’t think he concentrates too much on straight punches, he likes winging it.

“I was making weight when it broke that Benson had pulled out, so he was the last thing on my mind at the time.

“Now that I’ve had a bit of time to think about it, I feel the change of opponent could lead to me putting on a better performance.

“I’ve got no concerns about the late change, but it will still be a hard fight.”

He added: “It will be life-changing for anybody who wins this tournament, and I sincerely believe it will be me.

“At the beginning of last month I was meant to be on an undercard of a show in Cardiff, then onto the undercard of this, and now I’m in the main draw, so I’m enjoying every second of it.”

The final of the tournament will be held next year with the winner scooping a five-fight contract with MTK Global.

In the other quarter-finals tonight, Frenchman Mohamed Mimoune faces Darren Surtees, Sakyi meets Northern Ireland’s Tyrone McKenna and American Logan Yoon takes on Ohara Davies.

MTK Global professional development coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “This is going to be a great event, and the added aspect of not knowing who you’ll fight until fight week makes it special.”