Leigh Wood says he will be achieving the dream he had when he first stepped into the gym as a kid by defeating Xu Can in their world title showdown on Saturday.
Wood (24-2, 14 KOs) challenges Xu Can (18-2, 3 KOs) for his WBA "regular" featherweight title during the launch of Matchroom Fight Camp this weekend, live on DAZN.
The two men went head to head at the final press conference on Thursday, and world champion from China opened up on how much it would mean to him to come away with a win and return home with the title - against a dangerous opponent like Wood.
“I’m in the best state, I wasn’t able to fight in the last 20 months. I’m fully prepared and looking forward to the fight on Saturday night," Xu said.
“Now I want to focus on this fight, Leigh Wood is a great fighter and I’m taking this really seriously. I will think about the other fighters after Saturday night. We will show the fans a big show on Saturday night. For the fans, I will take the victory back to my family and country. Nothing can stop me.”
Pedro Diaz, trainer of Can, is not worried about the power of Wood - who promised to turn out the lights. He believes the defensive skills of Can will pull him through.
“I’m very happy to be here, thanks for the opportunity in Fight Camp. I think Saturday will be a very good fight, I see this big fight starting fast, Leigh has big power and an experienced corner. However, Xu Can has a great defense against the big power," Diaz said.