VALENTINE Borg has hit boxing big time and a bigger time beckons.
The Minchinbury pugilist confirmed his potential as the possible next big thing by winning the Australian lightweight championship in August.
Borg, 20, won the title with a fourth-round technical knockout against the experienced Robert Toomey in Dubbo.
The referee and Toomey's corner both called a halt.
Borg then scored a sixth-round TKO when way ahead on the judge's cards against another experienced fighter in Dennis Tubieron in December.
Next he'll fight Joebert Delos Reyes for the IBO youth lightweight title at the Croatian Club, Punchbowl, on March 28.
The Philippines' Delos Reyes is 16-2-1 and, should Borg win, a fight for the IBO lightweight title against Indonesia's formidable Daud Yordan is in prospect later in the year.
Yordan, 26, has won 31 of 35 fights, 23 by KO.
"Valentine's back in full training now, working in the gym twice a day and running," said his mentor Mark Grech, of Jabout gym.
Grech's appraisal of Borg has been "Val is better suited to the pros, where he can fight the longer rounds, which suits his fitness and ruthless combinations and extreme accuracy". The better-suited-to-the-pros description was in reference to Borg's amateur career.
Borg was denied his ambition to go to the Olympics when he contracted glandular fever a week before the team was named. He hasn't been denied as a pro so far. His record reads six fights and four TKOs.