Carl Froch has promised to "make the bookies look ridiculous" by shrugging off his underdog tag and beating heavy favourite Andre Ward tonight.
The two men meet in the final of the innovative Super Six tournament in Atlantic City with Froch's WBC title and Ward's WBA belt on the line.
The tournament, conceived by American TV giant Showtime, has been an admirable success despite a number logistical problems and withdrawals.
Froch takes on unbeaten American Ward at the Boardwalk Hall in a clash of the competition's two best performers and though Mikkel Kessler - who pulled out through injury - and IBF champion Lucian Bute would dispute it, the winner will be regarded as the top man in the division.
Despite his incredible recent record, Nottingham's Froch (28-1, 20KOs) is rated as generously as 14/5 by some bookmakers to win while Ward (24-0, 13KOs) has been quoted at 4/11.
Froch is happy to take on the role of outsider, though.
"I'm not really surprised to be rated as the underdog," the 34-year-old told Press Association Sport. "I was the underdog when I went into the Arthur Abraham fight last year - a massive underdog - and I produced such a landslide winning performance.
"What the bookies take into account is the fact I'm fighting an American in America and if any rounds are close - which potentially they are going to be - he's going to get the nod on the scorecards.
"They take that sort of approach into their decision when making the odds, so I'm not surprised I'm the underdog.
"It just makes the bookies look ridiculous."
Froch entered the tournament enthralled by the prospect of consistently competing in big fights and he has not been disappointed.
"It's the final of the innovative Super Six tournament which pitched the best super-middleweights against the best super-middleweights," he said.
"This is the final, where I thought I'd be two years ago. When I signed up to it I knew it was going to be a tough road so I'm where I thought I would be.
"And of course it is a double world title fight, for the WBC and WBA titles - which are the best belts in world boxing - and of course we're the two best super-middleweights on the planet. So it doesn't get much bigger than this.
"This is it. This is the big one. This could be the defining moment for me to become an international superstar.
"I knew it was my destiny."
Froch has no concerns about fighting Ward in his own country as the Californian makes a rare appearance on the east coast of the United States.
"It's like a neutral venue because he's used to fighting on the west coast," Froch said. "It's levelled the playing field quite a lot because he's got to come over to Atlantic City."
Ward, 27, has cut a determined figure all week and is relishing the chance to settle matters in the ring.
"I love big moments like this and big fights like this," he said.
"Carl Froch is the self-proclaimed best fighter in England and I love it. I want to fight the best and I want to beat the best.
"This fight should be dubbed 'No Excuses'. If Carl Froch beats me then there won't be any excuses. If I beat him, then there should be no excuses. Not judges, not referees, nothing.Tags: Carl Froch , Andre Ward , Ward-Froch , Ward vs Froch