Peter Mashamaite, who defends the South African super middleweight belt against William Gare at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto on Friday, swore to destroy his challenger.
"It won't go beyond three rounds," said the champion. "I will bombard him with power punches until he gives up."
Mashamaite did just that to Mpush Makambi at Emperors Palace on February 3, forcing Makambi to turn his back in the fifth round. But Gare advised Mashamaite to keep dreaming.
The challenger, whose battle with the scales in the junior middleweight division forced him to move up to the super middleweight class, said he had never been so strong in his illustrious career.
"No worries about the weight. I've been training normally. I am super-fit mentally and physically. Come next week I'll be crowned the new champion," he said.
Both fighters are so well prepared for this clash that they were almost within the required limit of 76,20kg at the pre-fight medical on Monday. Mashamaite was 20 grams over the limit while Gare registered 77,64kg.
The bout will top the Peoples Boxing Promotions' six-bout programme. It starts at 8pm. The main contest will be broadcast live on SABC 2 at 10pm.