Damaen Kelly is on the threshold of history as he targets the European bantamweight title in Belfast tomorrow night.

Kelly, recently stripped of his IBO super-flyweight crown, is bidding to become the first Irishman to win European flyweight and bantamweight titles.

The 33-year-old has endured extreme highs and lows, winning British, Commonwealth and European flyweight titles after only a dozen fights following a highly successful amateur career.

He also suffered long periods of inactivity and a punishing IBF title defeat at the hands of Colombian Irene Pacheco.

Now he takes on European bantamweight champion Simone Maludrottu, who is making the fourth defence of the title he won in 2004 with victory over Frenchman Frederic Patrac.

The Andersonstown Leisure Centre in west Belfast is expected to be sold out as Kelly bids to once again place himself in the world title picture.

Having defeated Jason Booth for the IBO super-fly title in 2004, Kelly had signed to fight Vic Darchinyan for the IBF flyweight title last year in Australia but the fight fell through due to promotional difficulties and he eventually boxed and defeated former British challenger Ian Napa at just under the bantamweight limit.

Kelly said: "The Darchinyan fight falling through was a big blow but that's professional boxing and you just have to handle it. It can do your head in at times.

"Now I have this chance to be the first Irishman to win European bantamweight and flyweight titles and that would be amazing.

"They're going to be hanging from the rafters in the Andersonstown Leisure Centre and I will just have to stay focused on the job and get that belt.

"It would be easy to get carried away with the atmosphere but I have proved in the past that I have a cool head and I'm experienced enough to handle that.

"Moving up to bantamweight should not be that big of a problem for me. I have been doing some weights to make sure that I have that bit of extra strength because obviously the guys at bantam are going to be hitting harder."

The champion comes with the reputation of being a solid puncher mixed with decent skill while Kelly is considered one of the most gifted textbook boxers in Europe.