Two-weight British champion Liam Williams warns challenger Joe Mullender his come-forward style will be his downfall at the Royal Albert Hall on March 8.
The Welshman (19-2-1-KO14), who outclassed and stopped the heavy-handed Mark Heffron to seize the middleweight crown in December, takes on former English champion Mullender (11-2-KO5) live on BT Sport.
Williams said: “Mullender ploughs forward with little consideration for what’s coming back but Lee Markham is the best he’s faced and he’s not really a puncher.
“The thing about pressure fighters is they try to put it on you but once they start getting hit hard for a few rounds, they don’t want to be pressure fighters any more. All they can think about is how they can avoid getting punched in the nose so hard.
“I’ll be ready for war and he will be ready for war too so the real winners are the fans. They’re in for an excitement spectacle.
“A lot of people have told me Joe’s a good guy and a laugh. He seems sound so I’m not going to try and talk rubbish. He’s not talking rubbish to me so I’ll show him respect.”
Joining Williams on a glitzy card is MTK Global team-mate Archie Sharp, who defends his WBO European super-featherweight crown against Lucas Ballingall.
IN OTHER NEWS: MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of former London ABA finalist Michael Elliott as he turns professional.
‘White Mike’ – a southpaw who trained by Brian O’Shaughnessy – is eager to begin his assault on the middleweight division having won titles during his time in military service.
Elliott said: “This is a proud moment for me. I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old, when my uncle introduced me to it. I started training at West Ham ABC and reached the London ABA final with my coaches Micky May and Brian O’Shaughnessy.
“I’m naturally a pressure fighter but I can box on the back foot too if and when required. I’ve got a good uppercut when I’m in close.
“I’m pleased to have joined up with the best in the business in MTK Global and I’m looking forward to making my debut to show people what I’m all about.”