Nathan Cleverly has vowed to smash Italian Antonio Brancalion and win the vacant European light-heavyweight belt when the pair go toe-to-toe on Saturday.
The undefeated 22-year-old, who has vacated his Commonwealth crown to take up the fight, will face the 34-year-old Italian in a top-of-the-bill bout, at Wembley Arena.
And the Cefn Fforest fighter, who has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Joe Calzaghe, is in confident mood: “I’m really looking forward to the fight and I’m getting really excited. It will be great to get back in the ring. The time has come and I have to step up and take my chance.
‘Training has gone well. It’s been a bit frustrating and gone on longer than usual because of the postponements, but I’ve been consistent in my training and made sure I don’t peak too soon.
“I’m really confident. I feel in good condition and want to take the belt.”
It is third time lucky for the bout, after two postponements and if Cleverly beats Brancalion, he will become only the seventh Welshman to have held British, Commonwealth and European belts.
Cleverly said: “Brancalion is a good fighter, he provides it’s a step up in class, but I’m going to take his belt.”
Brancalion who has 32 wins, two draws and seven losses to his name, lost his last fight, and the European belt, to Juergen Braehmer in June. Where as Cleverly boasts an unblemished record of 18 professional wins, with the last five coming by way of knock out.
Cleverly said: “I was brought up in a tough area and at a young age I was involved in a lot of street fights. I was very competitive. One day I convinced my dad to take me along to the local boxing club. It was a place where I could channel my aggression and competitive edge, and I’ve never looked back.
“I’m still trained by my dad and Alun Davies in Bargoed. It’s a good team and a great place to train. It’s quiet there aren’t many distractions. It’s ideal.”
And the Cardiff University student, who is in the final year of a mathematics degree, already has his sights on world domination: “I’m in my final year at Cardiff and have my last set of exams in May. It can be difficult at times, especially when there are a lot of exams, but education is important to me and it’s something I wanted to do.
“There are a lot of big names in the division. People like Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins are still around then people like Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson. But that’s something a little further down the road.
“I want to win this belt, defend it in the summer and then get a world title shot at the end of the year.
“I’ve fought at some big arena like the Millennium Stadium and Las Vegas, but this is the first time I’ve topped a bill at such a big venue and I can’t wait to get in the ring and do the business.”