Francis will quit if he loses combeback fight
Dean Francis will quit boxing and head straight back into retirement if he fails to beat Justyn Hugh and claim the vacant International Masters light heavyweight title at Newport Leisure Centre.
The former British and European super middleweight champion may have been inactive for three-and-a-half years, but it will be a major shock if he fails to dispatch his Welsh opponent on his return to the ring on Saturday, December 1.
Unbeaten in 11 fights since turning professional in 2008 and contesting a meaningful title for the first time in his career on home territory, Hugh has not previously mixed with anyone remotely in Francis's class.
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Bristol-based Francis refuses to take a man 10 years his junior lightly, but admits there will be nowhere for him to go should the unthinkable happen and he lose on his comeback.
He admitted: "If I cannot win this fight, then I may as well pack it in and do something else.
"No disrespect to Justyn Hugh, but I need to be winning fights like this.
"I'm not coming back after all this time for the wrong reasons and I'm not going to step back into that ring and think of myself as a champion.
"But I've prepared well, I'm in great shape and I'm not going to kid myself if things don't go well. If I don't perform the way I know I can, then I won't hesitate. I'll knock it on the head once and for all."
Managed and trained by Chris Sanigar at the Bristol Boxing Gym in St Agnes, Francis is determined to recapture the glory days that saw him beat all-comers domestically and then conquer the continent.
He views the modest International Masters title as a gateway to a possible tilt at a version of the world title in the future.
He explained: "My expectations are realistic. Winning this fight will give me a lot of confidence and a confident fighter is a good fighter.
"I've had close to 40 fights in my career but there have been long gaps in between some of those and it is not as though I'm an old a washed up fighter.
"Given the way I have trained and got back to peak fitness tells me I still have a lot more in the tank and I'm prepared for the long haul.
"This first fight is a stepping stone which I hope will eventually lead to a world title fight. That is the ambition that inspired me as a young boy and it still inspires me now."
During his time out of the ring, Francis made ends meet financially by acting as a personal trainer.
Although his focus is now back in the ring, he is developing another string to his bow and is set to launch a business venture selling sports supplements online.
He said: "I've gone into business with a friend of mine and we will be up and running from this Friday.
"We're selling sports supplements with a high-fashion edge and I'm hopeful the business will take off and give me something to fall back on after boxing."