SAM Smith says he cannot wait to get out in front of home crowd when he takes on Kirk Garvey on Saturday.

‘Sniper’ Smith, who works under Swindon trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, is looking to stretch his record to 5-0 with a win in the Southern Area title eliminator.

The Swindon man was due to face Garvey on two previous occasions, something which has left him feeling well prepared going into the bout.

“I feel good, I have had a great camp and everything is going really well,” said Smith.

“I’m feeling confident. It’s a very important fight for me because I am making a step up in class opponent-wise.

“There is a lot on the line for this fight, I was supposed to box him before so we have just added more stuff that may have been overlooked from the last few camps that I have had.

“Obviously since I was supposed to fight him he has been out in the ring a few more times.

“But that doesn’t matter too much because I have been active. I’ve been in the gym constantly which I think is important.

“I just can’t wait for Saturday, it feels like I have been in camp for about six months.”

Stablemates Ryan Martin and Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins are also due out in Swindon tomorrow night.

With the level on talent that he is working alongside, Smith says a competitive nature between the trio ensures they get the best out of each other.

“I’ve been sparring and keeping busy, I have just been waiting for my opportunity to get on the ladder,” he said.

“We definitely spur each other on. Luke is a Commonwealth champion and the Irish champion as well so it is a good thing because I believe success breeds success.

“On Saturday I just need to do what I have been doing in the gym, we know Garvey is a classy operator but we are prepared.

“We are both tall and rangy so it is a 50/50 fight and I think the winner will be the one who makes the quicker start.”