Devin Haney says he will continue to snub big money offers from promoters and continue doing things his way.
The Lightweight is one of the hottest talents in boxing, but faces a big test at StageWorks of Louisiana in Shreveport tonight when he meets fellow unbeaten boxer Xolisani Ndongeni over 10 rounds.
As well as facing the classy South African, the great American boxing hope is co-promoting the show which is live on BoxNation.
He has found it hard getting opponents without a big name promoter and said: "My style is not a style that people want to fight. I will fight whoever is out there. We haven't been getting a lot call backs.
"I've had other offers from all the top promotion companies, but I want to remain independent and make my own decisions."
In winning all 20 fights, Haney has shown how cute he can be defensively and wants that to continue until he retires.
"At the end of my career I think it would be great if the world continued to say, 'I don't know if he can take a punch.' That would be the goal," he added.
Ndongeni believes his experience can cause the first big boxing shock of the year and warned: "I've been in some deep waters and I have more rounds than Haney. That experience will pay off for me.
"Haney wants to be called a contender. I've been a contender and I know what it takes to be at the top level of the sport. I've never taken a fight I wasn't prepared for or thought that I couldn't win."