Fresh from the news the Channel of Champions will be airing Errol Spence Jr’s fight against Chris Algieri on Saturday 16 April, both fighters are clearly in confident spirits ahead of fight night.
Rising star Spence Jr is one of the biggest prospects coming from the U.S, if not on the World scene.
Speaking at a recent pre-fight press conference, the unbeaten Spence declared: "This is a great opportunity for me. It's another step in my career to get to where I want to be, which is a World Title shot.”
The decorated amateur boasts an impressive 19-0 record since turning pro and is highly ranked within all four major governing bodies.
"I have something to prove. I believe I'm one of the top talents in the sport but I have to prove myself in this fight. There are a lot of questions that need answering. April 16 I have to prove myself and I'm ready for it,” continued the 26 year old.
Kell Brook’s IBF World Title has been earmarked as one path to Spence’s inevitable shot at World honours, the slick southpaw is relishing the pressure to make that step up.
"Going from prospect to contender is a leap, but you have to go through it. There's a lot expected from me.”
Talking about April 16’s fight, Spence showed some respect for his opponent: "Chris has a lot of heart. He's gritty. I know he's going to come to fight and make it a real entertaining fight.”
For Algieri, it’s a chance to gate-crash Spence’s World title aspirations and get his own dreams to become a two time World Champion back on track.
After defeats to both Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, the former WBO World Super-Lightweight Champion got back to winning ways last time out against Erick Bone.
"I've been in the ring with big guys and hard-hitters. Styles make fights but it's all about matchups. I'm getting more and more excited as we get to fight night," explained the New Yorker.
Credit has to be given to Algieri, back in June 2014 he sensationally got off the floor twice to dethrone Ruslan Provodnikov with a badly injured eye.
He’s made his intentions clear to mix it with the very best and Spence Jr is the latest string of top fighters on his recent resume.
"This kid wouldn't be here if he wasn't a good fighter. It's a very difficult task to go from prospect to contender. It's not easy to make that jump. You have to be careful taking big leaps. I believe that this is a huge leap,” said the former Kickboxing Champion.
Watch Errol Spence Jr v Chris Algieri plus a World Title chief supporting contest between Krzysztof Glowacki and Steve Cunningham, live on BoxNation Saturday 16 April!