Hugo Centeno Jr. is ready to cause an upset as he prepares for his showdown against Jermall Charlo for the WBC interim middleweight strap.
The pair will meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on April 21, with the all-American showdown broadcasted live on Showtime.
Centeno Jr. admitted a win would transform his profile across the boxing globe.
He said: “I don’t pay attention to anything people are saying about Charlo. I’m staying focused because I know that this fight can change my whole career. I’m ready to win.
“Charlo is a strong fighter. A lot of fighters stand in front of him but he’s also a great boxer. I feel like I have those same attributes that he has.
“It’s going to be a chess match and a great fight.
“We have to see who the smarter fighter is on April 21. I know Charlo says he’s going to knock me out in one round, I’m not planning to let him do that. If I get my opportunity, I’m going to take it and I’m going to hurt him.”
The one-time beaten 27-year-old admitted his defeat to Maciej Sulecki back in 2016 was the wake up he needed and believes there’s been huge improvements in his back-to-back victories over Ronald Montes and Immanuwel Aleem.
‘The Boss’ added: “I learned from my loss that I can’t underestimate anyone in this sport.
“I’ve stayed in the ring and worked the whole time since the loss and it’s shown.
“Getting that big knockout over Immanuwel Aleem was a great moment and has helped catapult me back to the top of this division.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95