Dmitry Bivol claims a mystery voice will ignite him before his WBA World Light-Heavyweight Title defence against Jean Pascal on Saturday night.
The unbeaten Russian, 27, who is arguably the best in the world at 175lbs, will be making his third defence when he faces the Canadian veteran in Atlantic City, live on BoxNation.
He has knocked our 11 of his 14 victims, but claims: “I’m not the quickest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most dynamic. But I have all these qualities for a boxer. I have something inside of me which helps me to be a winner.
“I don’t know (what it is), some voice inside of me. It’s always been with me. I don’t know exactly if this will be the toughest fight for me, but every fight for me is important and a big responsibility.
“Every fight is like that. If I lost my previous fight, I would not have the opportunity for this fight.”
Pascal, 36, is on the home stretch of his career but a few years ago was WBC and lineal Light-Heavyweight Champion after establishing himself as a leading Super-Middleweight.
His record has been patchy in recent years, losing twice against Sergey Kovalev when the Russian was at his peak.
Pascal has won his last two since dropping a majority decision to Eleider Álvarez and is determined to make the most of it when he enters the last chance saloon.
This weekend will be his 10th World Title fight, and Pascal believes he can old man the impressive champion when the first bell sounds.
He says: “You cannot buy experience. You need to live it. You need to experience it. I’ve been in there with Sergey Kovalev twice. I’ve been in there with Bernard Hopkins twice. I’ve been in there with Carl Froch, Lucian Bute, with Adrian Diaconu.
“Like I said, this is something you cannot buy. He might be young, fresh, but I’ve got experience on my side.
“I think right now he’s (Bivol) the best fighter in the Light-Heavyweight division. But I’m going to try and stop him Saturday night.
“I don’t back down from any challenges. When they call, I just say ‘yes’. When an opportunity comes, I just say yes. They call me up, I say ‘yes, I take the challenge.’"