Barrow boxer Liam Conroy will take to the ring against Andre Sterling in the quarter finals of the Golden Contract tournament tonight and he believes their respective styles will lead to a good contest.

Conroy will be back on the big stage at the Brentwood Centre, with his fight being shown live on Sky Sports in what is his latest big opportunity of what has been a high-profile comeback after 12 months out injured.

The 27-year-old light heavyweight has already been involved in British and European title fights this year and he is well fancied to go deep into the tournament, which is being held by promoters MTK Global.

Sterling, a Londoner and former Southern Area champion, sustained his first loss in 11 professional bouts when he last fought in June, when he was defeated via unanimous decision by Craig Richards at York Hall.

At 29, he is a couple of years older than Conroy, but he doesn't have as much experience of competing at big events such as this.

Conroy said: "I'm looking forward to it because our styles should make this a good match-up and it's a fight I thought I would like before the draw was made, so I'm dead happy with it.

"I don't know too much about him. I know he was beaten by Craig Richards in a close fight and he won a high-profile fight against Ricky Summers, where he got off the floor to win, so he's obviously got a bit of heart."

With each of the quarter finals being ten rounds long, the event should be a great showcase of the light heavyweight division, particularly with six of the eight fighters involved being British.

The semi-finals and final will take place next year, with the winner earning the prize of a two-year, five-fight contract from MTK with the guarantee of a six-figure purse.

Conroy said: "There's a full undercard and then there's all the quarter finals so it should be a really good show.

"The way the whole thing has been organised is really good. It was quite weird sitting in a room with the seven other boxers when the draw was made, but it's been really enjoyable and I'm glad I entered."

Although he's lost title fights against Joshua Buatsi and Steven Ward, 2019 has been a year where Conroy has put himself on the map, with his contest against Ward in June being talked up as Match of the Year candidate.

"Even the Buatsi fight just raised my profile, even though I lost, and these opportunities seem to have come off the back of it," Conroy said.

"I'm looking to have a good performance live on Sky and show everyone how good I am."