WITHAM professional boxer Tom Ansell enhanced his growing reputation further with a sixth straight win as he secured a points victory against Leicester's Michael Williams at York Hall.

The 26-year-old super lightweight took his record to six wins and no defeats with what he described as "a measured performance" in a 59-55 points victory against Williams at the iconic venue in Bethnal Green as he continued his rise towards a potential title shot later this year.

It was Ansell's second bout fought over six rounds and set him up nicely for an eye-catching appearance on the undercard of the WBC world flyweight title battle between Charlie Edwards and Spain’s Angel Moreno at the Copperbox at London's Olympic Park at the end of this month.

He is waiting to find out who his opponent will be for that high-profile Matchroom-promoted event, but felt his display against Williams was the perfect way to prepare for it.

Ansell said: "I would say it was my most convincing win so far.

"Apart from knocking him (Williams) out, I think I did everything right and it was a really encouraging performance to take to the Copperbox.

"He was a really good opponent to face because he was certainly no mug.

"He had fought Sam O'Maison at the end of last year and O'Maison is now in line for an English title shot in two weeks, so I felt it was a brilliant performance against a tough opponent.

"I've come to boxing from a rugby-playing background and I still need to get rounds under my belt.

"That's what I have been working towards in training, working things out and it was a measured performance from me to build my experience as well as pleasing my coaches and fans.

"If a shot comes to knock out an opponent then I'll always take it, but at the moment I just need rounds so that when a championship title comes along then I'll be ready for it.

"Building towards that is what it's all about for me at the moment.

"It was a very encouraging display to take to the Copperbox and has given me loads of confidence for that."

Ansell will head to the Copperbox on March 23 knowing that it could be another step towards a potential title shot and he is hoping that opportunity may present itself before the end of the year, although he is prepared to be patient to make sure it is the right time to step up to that level.

He added: "I have spoken to my promoter and we're maybe looking at a title bout at the end of the year.

"That would be a progression for me but there is no rush.

"I know I'm in an apprenticeship still at the moment.

"If an opportunity comes then I will have to look at it, but it has to be right for me and when I'm ready."

Ansell thanked his sponsors Southern Grove, Elite Vans Ltd, Nick Ansell Pt, Food 1 consultancy, Red Lift Hire, BD Electrical Contractors, Bfuelled, Top Guard UK, Holts of Witham and the Wheatsheaf Hatfield Peverel.