Nathan Cleverly says he will facing the best opponent he has met to date in German Robin Krasniqi on Saturday night Wembley Arena.
Cleverly will be making the fifth defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title against Krasniqi his mandatory challenger who has won 39 of his 41 fights.
It is a must-win fight for the unbeaten Cleverly if he is to get the summer unification showdown he craves with with IBF world champion Bernard Hopkins.
“Potentially, he’s the best I’ve met,” Cleverly told Glynn Evans.
“He’s young, he’s worked hard to get himself into the mandatory position and he has a lot of momentum. His two defeats both came in his first three fights when he was still only a teenager, and he’s since won 38 straight and knocked out his last four in title fights.
“I’ve always been one to focus more on getting my own game right than wasting too much time worrying about opponents but I’ve seen bits of him on You Tube. He’s a typically upright Eastern European who leads off with the jab and has a big uppercut. A few of his recent knockouts have come with that. He seems gritty, strong and prepared to fight on the front foot. It should be very interesting.
“But I’m world champion so I have to expect to face challenges like this. The convincing win that I have planned will prove my status as a worthy world champion. I’ve prepared correctly, physically and mentally and now I just need to apply it all in the ring on Saturday night. That’s what being a champion is all about.” added Cleverly
The whole card, which also features the comeback of Dereck Chisora plus Liam Walsh against Scott Harrison and British champion Paul Butler in his Commonwealth title challenge, the fights will be shown live on www.boxnation.com