YORK boxer Michael Fafera will be looking to learn the lessons from his sparring with "world class" fighters when he returns to the ring on Friday night (November 22).

Fafera, whose professional record stands at five wins from as many fights, takes on Latvian Raimonds Sniedze at the Elland Road Pavilion over four rounds next week as aims to end the year on a high.

Since September's victory over Darryl Sharp, the light heavyweight has been deep into training camp and has taken on some of the best fighters at his weight around the country in sparring.

Fafera's sparring opponents include undefeated two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders, former super middleweight world champion Rocky Fielding and the ex-British 175lbs titleholder Hosea Burton.

The 25-year-old believes the top-level opposition in his training can only benefit him come fight night.

"I'm feeling better than ever," said Fafera. "I've had the best training camp so far in my professional career.

"We've been out sparring a lot and it's all been top notch stuff. I feel like I've been ready for this fight for the past four weeks.

"At the start of camp, Steve (Melton, trainer) wrote out a plan from the very beginning of the camp to where we are now.

"I've done all of the sparring that Steve wanted me to do and I haven't missed a session in the gym. We've not left anything in the gym and I feel more than ready for the fight.

"We've been all over the gyms in sparring during this camp and I've been in with some world class fighters.

"It's all really good experience from myself and I really do feel like I've taken a lot of things that I've learned from those spars into my own training and performances.

"All those subtle moves that I've learned, I'll be looking to use those when it comes to my own fight on Friday night. I think that that will set me a level apart from my opponent in my next fight.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm being put in the ring with some of the country's best and I've only been boxing for three years. Given the lads that I've been sparring, I feel like I've been doing pretty well.

"I'm usually very negative about my own performances, but there hasn't been as much of that from myself in this camp."

Curiously, Fafera's opponent, Raimonds Sniedze is the brother of Fafera's former foe, Edgars Sniedze, whom the York fighter outpointed back in March.

It was arguably the toughest of Fafera's fledgling career to date as the prospect was never allowed to settle into the contest by the Eastern European.

"I'm expecting a really tough fight," added Fafera. "He (Edgars) was taller than me, rangier than me and just generally bigger than me too.

"After beating his brother, I'm sure he (Raimonds) will be coming here to win.

"That fight really did open my eyes. I won both my first two fights by first-round knockouts and I thought that I could knockout anyone.

"In the fights since then, I've realised that I can't go in there and just knockout my opponents. The guys in the pros are tough like he (Sneidze) was.

"In my two fights since, I've been a lot more composed and I've won every round in those fights.

"It's given me confidence because I know that I can punch.

"I also know that I can outpoint these guys, if it does go the distance."