The boxing coach who showed Liam Conroy the ropes believes his experience of big occasions will give him a big advantage in his Golden Contract quarter final against Andre Sterling.

Jeff Moses was the man who nurtured the young Conroy's talent when he came through the amateur ranks at Barrow ABC before turning professional.

Conroy's clash with Sterling tonight kicks off a big week for Barrow's boxers, with Ross Cooksey and Mike McGoldrick - two more who came through with Moses at his gym on Brook Street - both in action next Friday.

Moses said: "It's a high-profile one for him, definitely, but he's used to the stage now. He's used to being up there on the podium and he'll handle it better than the others because he's been here before, so the pressure won't get to him.

"He is more than capable of doing anybody in that tournament as far as I'm concerned and it's a massive opportunity for him. I think he'll do the job"

Moses is predicting Conroy, 27, to make short work of Sterling, who was defeated in his professional career for the first time by Craig Richards back in June.

He said: "I would think that Liam will take it straight to him and get it over with pretty quick."

Whatever happens in Brentwood tonight, Moses is proud of the level of performance Conroy has found again, having gone 12 months without a fight due to groin and hand injuries prior to his British Light Heavyweight title fight against Joshua Buatsi back in March.

Moses said: "Nothing will affect him. Once Liam is focused and he wants something, his mind is set and he won't change it, he just goes in like shark-mode.

"No doubt that [trainer] Johnney Roye has worked hard with him and covered all areas for the tournament."