Jack Catterall is ready to show why he’s on the verge of a world title shot when he headlines in Dubai on Friday night.

The Chorley star, ranked No.1 in the world by the World Boxing Organisation, takes on German Timo Schwarzkopf at the Caesars Bluewaters Dubai.

Unbeaten in 24 fights with 13 knockouts, the 26-year-old has been patiently waiting for a shot at the WBO super-lightweight belt, now held by Jose Ramirez who is also in possession of the WBC strap.

Catterall will be keeping busy in the United Arab Emirates when he takes on Schwarzkopf, who has lost three of his 23 fights.

“I’m really excited. I’ve been training since my last fight really so I’ve been in the gym constantly working on things,” said Catterall, who was last in action with a third round stoppage of Oscar Amador at the Wembley Arena in April.

“It’s come at a good time when I’m mandatory for the world title, so I’ll be treating this like a world title fight.

“I’ve got to put a good shift in and get a good win in Dubai. (Managers) MTK Global have got me a good fight and it’s something to get my teeth stuck into. I’m ready for the big fights now.

“I’m fighting a really tough opponent and if I come through that then next year we can get the big fights.”

Schwarzkopf may have some blemishes on his record but 12 of his 20 victories have come by knockout and he has proved a stern test for other contenders.

“I’ve done my studying on my opponent but for me it’s not about focusing on the opponent too much, it’s about focusing on the best version of me, and that should be more than enough to beat him,” said Catterall.

“I’m expecting a tough fight.

“My opponent has never been stopped and has fought guys like Anthony Yigit and Chris van Hereden, so hopefully we’ll get the win and then see where we’re at in the New Year.”

MTK Global’s Rotunda Rumble 2 card is being streamed live on YouTube channel iFL TV.

The bill also features rising British super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward, Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem, Indian star Vijender Singh, Kazakhstan sensation Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev and Irish favourite Rohan Date.