Kell Brook has vowed to make a statement to the boxing world by stopping Vyacheslav Senchenko when the two meet on October 26.
Unbeaten Brook will earn a shot against the winner of next month's fight between Shawn Porter and Devon Alexander for the chance to win the IBF welterweight title, providing he can overcome Ricky Hatton's conqueror Senchenko.
Ringside sent Johnny Nelson along to catch up with his former stablemate and Brook was only too eager to insist that after injury twice denied him a shot at the IBF title, his time has come.
"I should be world champion [by now] but what can you do?" the 27-year-old said. "It has been written that I got an injury when it was my time.
"But it has come back around again and a mandatory is going to be up soon and you are going to see me there for a World title.
"It's been very frustrating - I want to get in there and prove to everyone that I'm the best. I want to get in there and really put it to them.
"I want to make a statement in this fight. You are going to see something special. My name 'the Special One' is definitely going to come into play because I'm really going to put it on this kid. I think this kid is going to bring the best out of me - you're going to see me at my best in this fight."
Hatton, who lost to Senchenko in the ninth round of his comeback fight in November 2012, has been in contact with Brook urging him to approach the fight with caution.
Yet while the Sheffield-born fighter has taken the advice on board, he admits that the prospect of putting on a show for his fans - coupled with the incentive of a shot at Alexander in February - means that he's not going tread too lightly.
"I am looking forward to [the Alexander fight] I'm just gutted with what's happened. Without taking anything away from anyone, I got injured.
"But Alexander did a defence with Lee Purdy and now he's got another hand-picked opponent in Porter. But my time will come and his days are soon to be over.
"I've been in contact with Ricky and he's gone over a few things [about Senchenko] with me. But when the fans get behind me I do like to get into a bit of a scrap.
"I'm going to be sharp, throw in a lot of feints, because this kid is good at what he does. He's not an ex-World champion who has only lost one fight, for nothing. I've got to have my wits about me and box clever.
"I'm definitely looking at closing it within the distance - I always have that in my mind. I think you are going to see me take care of him in style, so fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a ride, baby!"
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