Philip Bowes says nobody can stop him fulfilling his ambition of winning a major title this year.

The Leytonstone boxer faces Vusumzi Tyatyeka in an eliminator for the Commonwealth super-lightweight belt on February 10.

Bowes understands the size and importance of the fight, but remains resolute in his belief he will be able to overcome his opponent at York Hall next month.

“This is a really, really big fight for me,” he explained. “Nothing and nobody is going to stop me becoming champion this year.

“I have to get past this guy and that could lead to a big fight for me,”

Josh Taylor currently holds the Commonwealth title, but is thought to be set to make the step up to fighting for world honours in the near future.

Should the Scot do so, he will vacate his current belt and potentially leave the door open for Bowes to fight for the Commonwealth title.

Bowes will, however, come up against a fighter in Tyatyeka who can cause him genuine concern.

The South African has a favourable record of 20-5 which includes 15 stoppages and has a powerful punch.

With this in mind, Bowes is refusing to look too far into the future and is instead taking his career one fight at a time.

“I can’t look too far ahead,” he said. “I’ve had a quick look at him on the internet and I can’t find anything, but looking at his record, he’s a class fighter.

“He’s had almost as many knockouts as I’ve had fights and I’m preparing for a tough fight.

“This is a big fight for me and I am hoping my supporters get behind me.”

Bowes, 33, comes into the fight on the back of a points victory over Luka Leskovic which took his record to 16-3.

That fight was preceded by a loss to Glenn Foot in May of last year, a defeat which Bowes felt hard done by at the time.

Narrowly losing to Foot has, Bowes insists, had a lasting impact on his approach and he says he is a better fighter for it.

“I’m more aggressive now, I’m more of an all-round fighter,” he said. “I don’t just sit on the backfoot and counter and I throw more punches.

“I made Foot miss all the way through the fight, but when I made him miss, I didn’t counter with combinations. That is what I am doing now.

“I’ve gone away, put things right in the gym and changed my style.”