Tyson Fury insists he is not underestimating Sefer Seferi and believes the Albanian is a dangerous opponent to face in his long-awaited comeback fight.
Fury (25-0-KO18) has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, a period which has seen him lose his world heavyweight titles and boxing license amid a doping investigation.
The 29-year-old returns to the ring at the Manchester Arena on Saturday and the British fighter is wary of Seferi, who has fought just once at heavyweight since turning pro in 2007.
"Sefer is a good fighter, I'm not underestimating him," said Fury. "I look at him the same way I look at [Anthony] Joshua, Wladimir [Klitshcko], [Deontay] Wilder, anybody.
"He is a dangerous puncher - 21 KOs. He is in good shape, he is a good looking man and he'll be coming to knock me spark out on Saturday.
"We've all got the same number of chins. If he's knocked out 21 men before, if he gets it on me he'll knock me spark out too.
"I want to keep on going, win all my belts back and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world again. It is my job not to let him do that."
Fury insists he could have chosen a more favourable opponent for his comeback fight but instead wants a stern test of his fitness, after fluctuating in weight since his last bout.
"I could have picked somebody a lot easier than Sefer," said Fury. "Someone who I could have gone one round with and knocked them out.
"I need plenty of rounds. I've been out for 1,000 days. Two years and eight months - I need rounds.
"I know Sefer is tough. His brother is tough. That is why I picked him. He is tough, strong, he's going to come forward and bring a lion's heart.
"He is going to come to win."