Antonio Orozco believes 10 years of toil as a professional boxer will be rewarded by shocking WBC Super-Lightweight Champion Jose Ramirez.
The Mexican will have an improving Champion and a partisan crowd against him in Fresno on Friday night in a fantastic match-up, live on BoxNation.
Orozco, 30, warned: "I’m a boxer-puncher. I adjust to the other fighter’s type of fight. Some fighters only have one gear. I can go through three, four, five gears and if I don’t have it, I’ll make it up, we’ll work something.
"I have always liked to be the type of fighter, straightforward, always in your chest — but at a professional level, that’s not always what you can do. You’ve got to take care of yourself," he explained.
"Ramirez is aggressive. I feel like he has a very fan-friendly style. He has a style that brings out fighters to fight. It’s what we like. I’m fighting Jose Ramirez.
"I’m not fighting the fans or Fresno. I’m focused on Jose Ramirez and the fight. Everything else is just ambient noise."
He is ranked number three by the WBC, has won all 27 fights and among his best wins are points wins against Emanuel Taylor and Humberto Soto in 2015.
One black mark against him is weight issues. In December 2016 he was preparing to face Fidel Maldonado, but passed out and was hospitalised with dehydration trying to make 140lb and ruled out.
He had left it too late to cut weight for the fight.
A year ago he was overweight days before a showdown against Roberto Ortiz and was forced to pull-out.
He was bang on the 140lb limit for his last fight in March when he outpointed Martin Honorio and manager Frank Espinoza revealed: "Antonio has also been working with the conditioning coach and nutritionist for this fight, Gavin McMillan.
"He's a well-respected conditioning coach. He's worked in the past with Miguel Cotto, and he's really highly recommended. This is the first time Antonio has worked with him.
"I really believe that Antonio knows now that this is it. This is his big opportunity. This is his time, he's got to do it now."