THE Wee County's champion fighter is set to battle it out for a world title as he aims to get a call up for UFC.

Calum Murrie will take on Igeu Kabesa in Johannesburg, South Africa, on October 6 with a win securing the ESB world featherweight title.

The win would serve as a statement of intent for the Dollar fighter as he looks to follow in the footsteps of one of his teammates and get the nod to head to the promised land of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Calum told Advertiser Sport that he is confident of earning the all-important victory against a difficult opponent at the famous Carnival City arena.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it. Training has been going well and I am confident of submitting this guy.”

Calum previously had a fantastic record at amateur level where he racked up a handful of impressive wins before getting a call to make the step up to the professional circuit, and managed to win his first fight in a first round submission against Pierre Botha.

He continued: “I was on an 11-fight winning record then got a shot at the British title because of my amateur record.

"I got called at three weeks’ notice to fight pro after that, but got beat off a guy who was 15-3, so it was still an achievement.”

Looking ahead to his title fight, Calum revealed that the only man to beat his opponent is a teammate of his, Danny Henry, who then made the huge step up to UFC following that victory.

“He beat Danny,” Calum said. “He took a belt off Danny, but then they fought again and Danny won and got the belt back off him and that’s his only defeat so far.”

Danny is proving to be inspiration for Calum who would love to follow in his tracks by getting the nod for the UFC, although he is still focusing purely on securing victory in his next bout.

Calum added: “I’m looking to get signed to UFC. My aim is to win this then defend it once or twice before getting the call-up.

“The ultimate goal, however, is to just win this title. I have always dreamt about winning a world title.”

While still trying to establish himself as a household name in Scotland, Calum is making a splash in South Africa, with foreign TV crews visiting the Wee County over the past weekend to film promotional videos for the fight which will be shown on several channels in the country.

Before the big fight comes around, however, Calum has an arguably bigger event to prepare for as he is set to tie the knot to his fiancée Stacey.

The 31-year-old said: “I’m getting married in Cyprus, so I’m going for a holiday weeks before the fight which isn’t ideal, but some of my groomsmen are fighters and we’ll get some pad work done while we’re out there.”

His new wife won’t attend the fight in South Africa, although a number of close friends will be making the trip out to support the Dollar-born fighter as he looks to make a huge leap forward in his career.

Calum wished to pay tribute to his sponsors, the Scottish Martial Arts Centre, Kudax Limited, Woosh Limited and 123V PLC.