In less than two weeks Lucas Browne gets the opportunity to silence his long-term foe Dillian Whyte at the 02 Arena.
During their first press-conference earlier this year, Whyte continued to taunt the Aussie whilst also questioning the 38-year-olds integrity.
Asked if recent remarks had unsettled him ahead of his bout on March 24, Browne exclusively told World Boxing News: “He has to sell the fight; he’s saying a lot of things that don’t even make sense.
“Half the time I don’t even know what he says, he mumbles a lot and just says a lot of things that come straight to his mind.
“Whyte feels the need to get me involved as much as possible and to s*** stir, get me to react and become angry etc. I’ve gone backward and forwards with him myself to help sell the fight but also because I refuse to be the little b**** sitting there and letting him say whatever he wants.
“I’m coming back with my own bits and pieces, there’s a lot of interest in the fight – it’s going to be a good night,” he added.
However, the pair haven’t just exchanged a war-of-words in person; both have traded blows on social media. And Browne feels the ‘Body Snatcher’ has hit below the belt.
“I recently put up a thing on social media for my misses; I put up a couple of pictures of her and said how much I was missing her as it was international women’s day.
“Dillian decided to comment with kisses and hearts below. A lot of people then jumped on it afterwards and were being smart about it. He was definitely looking for a reaction from me and we knew what he was trying to do straight away so we ignored it and moved on.”
Asked if he believed his rival was feeling tense ahead of the fight, ‘Big Daddy’ concluded: “He’s trying to wind me up for the reason he’s nervous, but he needs to get emotionally involved himself.
“He wants to get me emotionally involved as well so I react in that fashion. I’m not getting emotionally involved because of that. I can’t wait to get in there and give the crowd a good night’s entertainment.
“I’m going to knock him out, that’s the only way to guarantee a win. I just want to thank all the fans that have bought tickets and to everyone in the UK, I really appreciate the love I get whenever I come here to fight.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95