Dillian Whyte is hoping that an impressive win over Joseph Parker, on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, will secure him a rematch with IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua in April of next year.
The rival heavyweights fight to secure a rematch with Joshua or a shot at Deontay Wilder.
Joshua, who makes a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin on September 22, already had a date set down of April 13 at Wembley in London.
Parker has the same goal, after being outpointed by Joshua in March and defeating Hughie Fury last September. Parker used his speed and mobility to fight largely on the back foot, becoming the first to take Joshua the distance by negating his power.
The 30-year-old Whyte possesses perhaps the division’s strongest chin, and is often at his finest when fighting toe-to-toe.
In Whyte’s own defeat by Joshua he fought a completely different fight to Parker, in which he risked Joshua’s biggest punches and was the first to hurt the champion — to the extent that a similar fight on Saturday would give him his greatest chance.
Defeat for either fighter will come with dreadful timing, when both are so close to challenging one of the division’s biggest names and while both Joshua and Wilder are short of convincing options.
Whyte suffered a seven round stoppage loss to Joshua in December of 2017.
Early in that fight, Whyte had badly hurt Joshua, but he became wild and was unable to finish him off.
Whyte suffered a shoulder injury during the fight and underwent surgery afterwards.
If he rocks Joshua again in a rematch, he expects to close the show in style.
"I had problems at the end of the fight. I wasn't mature enough as well, mentally. Mentally I was thinking, fight, fight, destroy, destroy, but now I approach it differently. I just know what to do now. This guy [Joshua], he thought was a god, until I rock him down to his boots. Then he realised that this godliness that he thought he had wasn't there," Whyte explained to Sky Sports.
"He knows he came very close to losing to me. It doesn't matter what he says, he's openly admitted it after, years after that. He was being hurt badly in the fight. We're just two fighters, that we just have that style, and that chemistry together.
"Joshua gets destroyed this time, properly. I get him going this time again, I will finish. One hundred percent, I will finish this time."