James Robert Toulouse, aged 22, of Bonville Close, appeared before Judge Keith Thomas at Swansea crown court for a preliminary hearing.
Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said he understood Toulouse was willing to admit assault but denied intending to cause GBH.
There was an allegation of kicking, he added, but Toulouse accepted only punching.
Forensic examination of footwear was underway.
Toulouse will attend a plea and case management hearing on February 21.
Judge Thomas ruled that if the plea was one of not guilty then a four day trial would begin on April 8.Toulouse was remanded in custody to Swansea prison meanwhile.