Miguel Berchelt is so stoked for Saturday’s WBC Super-Featherweight Title clash defence against Mickey Roman in El Paso, he imagines that sparring partners are his challenger.
His fourth title defence promises to be the latest in the long list of all-Mexican wars that have captivated fight fans for years. However he has now been forced to say sorry to suffering spar victims.
"I am so eager to put Roman in his place that when I spar, I imagine that I’m sparring him and I push my sparring partners to the limit," Berchelt, 26, said at Tuesday's media workout.
"Apologies to all my sparring partners because I have hurt them during sparring, but when that happens, the actions stop immediately and I apologise to them. I’m just thinking of Roman.
"There is more at stake in this fight than just victory. This is about pride! I want to teach Mickey a lesson in his own backyard. I am fed up with all the talking he has done. In the ring, my quality as an elite fighter, and my fists, will do the talking."
'El Alacran' Berchelt, who won his title when he knocked out Francisco Vargas in January 2017, promised BoxNation viewers that they will see an explosive contest.
"It's a rivalry between two sportsmen. Mickey has talked a lot, and we're going to brawl. Styles make fights. I am going to take the first round or two to feel him out. Then, I'll make the adjustments, and if I have to go all out, I will."
Roman expects to have the most support in the Texan border town as he hails from Juarez which is a few miles away just inside Mexico.
He says: "It's definitely a great motivation for me. When I fight here in El Paso, a lot of people support me from all over, like Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and all around El Paso and Juarez.
"This is the fight that everybody wanted to see. Boxing people wanted to see this fight, and I'm willing to put everything on the line. Whatever I have, I will leave it in the ring."