He may be the quiet man of Barnsley boxing but he is out to make a big noise on Saturday night.

Darfield's Robbie Barrett, 24, makes his television debut in Birmingham where he fights hometown man Marcus Ffrench for the vacant English lightweight title.

Southpaw Barrett has quietly risen up the rankings in the past 18 months to get into this position and the reigning Central Area champion is confident he can now win the national title.

It is fair to say he prefers to let his swift hands do the talking.

"I have always wanted people to talk about me because of my boxing not because of what I'm like on social media or what I'm like in interviews," declared Barrett.

"If I can box well, win the title and people comment on me looking good as a boxer then that would be absolutely fantastic.

"The next step was always going to be the English title, after the Central Area it's the next step up on the ladder.

"After that it would be the British and with the champion Scotty Cardle looking like he's going to move on the door is open really.

"Being English champion would mean the world to me. It's a great opportunity and one I really want to take."

Barrett has come a long way since suffering two losses in 2013 to journeymen Andy Harris and Ismail Anwar.

He has bounced back with eight straight victories including two comfortable ten round wins leaving him with a slate of 12 wins, two losses and a draw.

His first stoppage victory earlier this year against Adam Kettleborough has also boosted his confidence.

"Those losses moulded me into the fighter that I am today," he added.

"Defeats mean nothing. It is how you come back from them.

"At the start of my career I think I was inbetween styles from being an amateur. I've found my style now.

"I have had a few good wins recently and in the last 12 months I feel like I have come on leaps and bounds.

"This fight against Ffrench could have happened earlier but we decided to wait with this show in mind because he's a ticket seller. It has all worked out well."

Barrett has tuned up for the fight with London 2012 Olympian Serge Ambomo, from Cameroon, who is training out of the same Mexborough stable under the guidance of trainers Stefy Bull and Ray Doyle.

An experienced international Ambomo, known as 'Mr T', has proven to be a useful ally in getting ready for the challenge of Ffrench.

"Serge is a handful but it's good educated sparring," he added.

"You don't get to 300 international bouts and the Olympics without learning a thing or two and he does mimic the style of Ffrench too. "It's been perfect preparation."

Ffrench, who is the reigning Midlands Area champion, has a similar record to Barrett's with 13 wins against two losses but is much older at 33.

He will, however, have home advantage at the Barclaycard Arena. Barrett added: "All it does is makes me more cautious. It will keep me on my toes.

"He is a strong lad and I will respect that but it's not as if I've ever been on my backside in fights.

"I'm a tough lad but I know not to walk onto shots as well. For me it's a 50-50 fight."