Carl Froch believes it will be worth the wait when he finally engages in a world title unification fight against Andre Ward in next month's Super Six tournament finale.
The Nottingham super-middleweight puts his WBC belt on the line in against unbeaten WBA champion Andre Ward in Atlantic City, New Jersey on December 17.
Froch entered the Super Six tournament in a bid to secure the major fights he craved.
The 34-year-old has suffered his only career defeat in the process, when he dropped a controversial points decision to Mikkel Kessler last year, but has bounced back to reach next month's final and earn a chance to unify two of the titles.
The tournament has been hit by controversy, delays and withdrawals, including a recent postponement from October 29 after American Ward suffered a cut in training, but Froch believes it will be ultimately worthwhile.
"It was always a two-year tournament and by the time this fight happens it will have been just over two years," Froch told Press Association Sport.
"It's not shocked me that it's dragged on so long. It's a shame the fight was put back a few weeks but it is all pretty much on schedule and I'm looking forward now to fighting for the unified title, the WBC and WBA world titles, in the final of the biggest tournament in world boxing.
"It's a pleasure and an honour."
Froch has been frustrated by the enforced delay after Ward suffered a cut during sparring for the Boardwalk Hall contest but insists he is experienced enough to handle the situation.
"We had to taper down preparations with the delay and then stay on track but that's what we do, we're consummate professionals," he said.
"We took the foot off the gas for two weeks and then got back on the case ready for the big night."
Froch is unsure whether Ward's withdrawal is indicative of any mental weakness.
"It possibly says something about his mindset - but not too much," said the Nottingham man.
"He had a bad cut, he needed seven stitches so he felt he wasn't going to be ready because he couldn't spar in the build-up to the fight. So fair enough, everybody's different."
The man charged with masterminding Froch's gameplan is long-time trainer Rob McCracken.
And the ex-middleweight from Birmingham expects a tricky night's work for his charge.
"Ward is unorthodox, he's very fast, he's very talented," said McCracken, who is also performance director of Great Britain's amateur boxing programme.
"He won an Olympic gold medal as an amateur and is the other best super-middleweight in the world alongside Carl.
"Carl and him have pretty much proved themselves as the two best - Carl definitely has and we feel he's done more in the division than Andre has.
"So we're expecting a fantastic fight between two tremendous boxers."Tags: Carl Froch , Andre Ward , Ward-Froch , Ward vs Froch