ST JOSEPH’S fighter Gavin Gwynne is setting his sights on a world title shot after landing a prime spot on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s fight with Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on March 8.

The 33-year-old, who has vacated his British lightweight belt, will defend his EBU European title against unbeaten IBF European champion Mark Chamberlain in Riyadh.

Beating Chamberlain would mean Gwynne should enter the IBF rankings and put him on target for a world title bid.

“I’ve won the Welsh, the Commonwealth, the British and the European titles, all the major belts,” said Gwynne. “The only one that’s missing is the world title. I want to complete the collection.

“I honestly believe that it’s harder to win the British title than it is to win a European title or a final eliminator because of the level of opposition we’ve got in Britain. If you can win a British title, you’ve not far off world level. To this day, when I won that it was the biggest achievement I’ve had.”

The lightweight division is home to some of boxing’s most high profile and talented fighters. Shakur Stevenson is the WBC champion and Gervonta Davis holds the WBA title.

The vacant IBF title will be contested between Vasyl Lomachenko and George Kambosos in May, while the WBO title is currently vacant.

Gwynne knows he is unlikely to be handed a shot, so he will have to insert himself into the mix.

“The fighters I’ve beaten have all been quite high class anyway but having an international title should take me up into the top ten in one of the governing bodies,” he told Boxing Scene.

“I’m a different breed. I’m sparring with middleweights and pushing them back. If I can do that then I can give any top lightweight in the world a hard and a good fight and unless it’s against one of these elite, elite fighters, I genuinely believe I can win a world title.

“I don’t really care who I fight. My manager, Lee Eaton, rang me and I told him that he knows me, I’m not going to say ‘no’ to anyone. If he picks the best fight to get me to a world title, I’ll turn up on the night. I don’t even need to know who I’m fighting, I’d just turn up and fight. Lee says I’m one of the easiest fighters to work with.”

Gwynne will have to see off some big names to reach his ultimate goal, but the Merthyr-born fighter relishes a challenge.

“I’d say Shakur Stevenson is probably the best because of the level he’s boxed at,” he said. “George Kambosos shouldn’t be a world champion, Maxi Hughes should be. Maxi beat him. Shakur, Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko, Kambosos and Maxi are at the top and Andy Cruz is gonna be up there with them too.”