John Ryder has stressed his domestic clash with Adam Etches is all or nothing for both men on Saturday night at the Olympia.
The pair have both moved up to super-middleweight and will fight for the vacant IBF international title.
Ryder, from Islington, has revealed the relief and joy of moving up to super-middleweight after years of starving himself to make weight.
“It’s nice to be able to move up to a weight that doesn’t kill me to make. If I’m being honest I probably haven’t performed to the highest of my ability in the last years because of the struggle of making the scales,” Ryder exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Training has gone well, I had to watch what I was eating over Christmas but that’s the sacrifice you have to make in this sport. At the end of the day boxing is a business. I am looking forward to fighting Adam it really is a 50/50 fight.
“It’s hard to see where the loser goes from there. He’s a very good fighter and I like him but I am confident of out boxing him on Saturday night. If I do lose, I’ll pick up the tools and start Monday,” he said.
ITV will be launching their first ever PPV box-office launch this weekend and Ryder is impressed by the channels ambition.
“There is so much competition now in terms of UK channels for boxing right now. You have Matchroom who doing a great job on Sky, BT Sport with Frank Warren and Richard Poxon on ITV.
“ITV have done a great job with the undercard fights for this Saturday and for the price of £9.95 is a steal. You couldn’t even buy a round at the pub with your mates at that sort of price. It’s a great offer for the fans.
“I can’t wait to get in the ring with Etches and put on a show for the fans. With the likes of Galahad, Price, Selby and Eubank Jr – It will be a night of entertainment for sure.”
Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95