ELEVEN months after his bid for a major title ended in frustration at the Hydro, Irvine boxer Ryan Collins returns to the venue this weekend confident of victory second time around.

Collins, nicknamed the Railman squares up once again to Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn, the Mailman in a Celtic Lightweight title rematch on Saturday. The first contest ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads and after much negotiation it's back on.

A bruising encounter is expected.

The Irvine Vineburgh fighter, who has won 13, drawn one and lost two of his 16 fights, is winding down his preparations after four intense weeks.

He said: "I can't thank my boss Archie McKie for giving me four weeks off work to allow me to prepare for the fight. I have been doing 40 or 50 rounds of sparring a week, have been in the gym and doing running every day. I feel confident with the fight as time goes on, we had asked Charlie for it two or three times before but he never agreed to it but now I can't wait for it."

Collins is fully prepared for his date with destiny and said: "I was the underdog for the first fight but came down to 11-4 to 7-4 but I don't know how this one will work out. We expected to win the first fight and we are still expected to win the second one. It could take me to a lot of good places if I were to beat him. He is a good boxer but I want to put a defeat on his record.

"I respect Charlie because he is a boxer, he is a big name. There was a head clash in the Chris Eubank fight the other weekend as well so it happens. Charlie Flynn said it was intentional from me and I had done it before but I have never given anyone a bad cut."

He added: "We are lot more confident for this fight than the last. Charlie has boxed two journeymen which wasn't a test for him. This is the biggest fight I have had as a win puts me in the top 10 and a stone's throw from a Commonwealth title. I have done more than Charlie in the pro's - I won the Scottish title and the Super featherweight masters title a few years ago. Charlie is a big name and he has everything to lose."

Collins expects strong backing on Saturday and said: "People are forking out about £150 just to watch the boxing and I have 250 people coming to support me, I would love to beat Charlie Flynn and get the belt back. Then nine weeks later I have a chance to fight Ahmed Ibrahim for the Scottish lightweight title. It would be great to have two belts."