Miles Shinkwin says fighting at a lower level would be a disservice to his talent ahead of his make-or-break English title bout with Liam Conroy.

The Bushey light heavyweight has suffered loses in English, British and Inter-Continental title shots in recent years and accepts he is running out of opportunities at the top.

He feels, however, that taking a step back should he lose to Conroy on March 31 is not an option.

“It is a last chance saloon for me because if I am not winning at this level there’s nowhere to go,” he said.

“If I can’t get a title shot and no one will fight me, do I want to fight at a lower level doing six rounds? Not really.

“It would be an injustice to my ability and the people around me if i started fighting at a lower level just for the sake of continuing.”

Shinkwin’s last outing saw him suffer defeat by unanimous decision against Jake Ball as he missed out on the vacant WBA Inter-Continental belt.

The 29-year-old has remained in training since the loss in an attempt to keep himself in shape.

He did, though, accept that a title shot may be hard to come by considering his record and was, therefore, pleased to secure the Guild Hall meeting with Conroy.

“It is great news and we didn’t expect it to happen if I am honest. After getting beat in my last fight, I thought it would be hard to get this sort of fight,” he said.

“My manager has done a really good job to get the deal done with his team and I am just looking forward to it now.”

Defeats tend to have a habit of lingering longer in the mind than victories and Shinkwin’s loss to Ball is still a sensitive subject.

Ball managed the fight well, using his greater reach to keep Shinkwin at arm’s length and emerge on top.

Shinkwin believes Conroy’s aggressive approach, which has seen him take seven knockouts from a 15-3-1 record, will lend itself to a more open fight.

“He can clearly punch and there is no denying he that he has a fair few knockouts to his name, but I don’t place too much on that as one good shot can end a fight,” he said.

“He has done very well to win the belt and has a very good punch which i am not going to try and discredit.

“Ball ran away for 10 rounds but Conroy won’t be able to do that and if he does I will chase him down.

“He hasn’t got the speed, height or reach to do that so he will have to stand and fight.

“I think it is going to be a really good meeting of styles.”