Terence Crawford has accused big fight rival Jose Benavidez of trying to cash in on his name.
It’s worked because it has booked Benavidez a crack at Crawford’s WBO Welterweight crown in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday night, live on BoxNation from 2am.
It will be the first defence of his World Title and with hometown fans packed into the Chi Health Center, Crawford intends to punish his arch rival.
The pair talked smack when they clashed at a Top Rank show in Texas that Benavidez Jr boxed on back in February.
"He just came up to me, told me that I was ducking him, and I never wanted to sign a fight, I never signed a contract, and I was scared of him, and he was going to knock me out," recalled Crawford.
"So I told him, I said, ‘Man, don't you got a fight? You need to focus on your fight before you focus on me right now. You need to be focused on your fight.’ Then just a little heated discussion."
Benavidez Jr has continued to goad Crawford at every opportunity, and the unbeaten Champion added: "That comes with the territory when you’ve got people that, you know, want your spot.
"They want to get the opportunity or the chance to prove their worthiness, to make a name for themselves. So that's how I take it. He's trying to piggyback off of my name to make himself bigger.
"We're in the same division, same promoter. It's an interesting fight. He's always saying that I'm fighting smaller guys, so this is a chance to see what you are made of.
"I believe he's going to come out, try to make it a fight being that it's in my hometown. He don’t want to take any risks, and if he does do it, we've got a game plan for that as well."
It is a toss-up between three-weight World Champion Crawford, who has won all 33 pro fights, and another BoxNation regular Vasyl Lomachenko to decide who is the world’s pound-for-pound king.
Crawford is delighted to be mentioned in the same breath as the magical Ukrainian and said: "Some people rate me number one, some people rate me two.
"I can't complain. I'm in the top two and almost everybody is rating me, so I'm just blessed to be in the top two."