CHALLENGER Darren Barker believes it is his destiny to claim Daniel Geale's IBF middleweight belt in New York on Saturday.
As the middleweights settle in to the US ahead of their Atlantic City showdown, the tough talking has ramped up.
And Londoner Barker is in a confident mood despite returning to the country where he suffered the only defeat of his 26-fight career, to Sergio Martinez in 2011.
``I feel extremely confident going into this fight,'' Barker said.
``After 19 years as a boxer from a kid to a man, it's all led to this moment. It's a dream come true. It's all about believing in myself and I believe it's destiny. It's my time.
``Training has been fantastic. Mentally I've been in superb condition and now it's about executing my game plan. This time I'm going to win.
``To all my fans back home, I appreciate the support. It's great having a whole nation behind me. It's going to be great to show you guys my new belt.''
Launceston-born Geale staged a press conference with his US promoter Gary Shaw and was also expecting victory against the No. 3 rated contender.
``I'm feeling good as I'm starting to get fresher every day,'' said the former Brooks High student.
``I'm excited because I know it's going to be a great fight. Barker is going to come out hard and I know he's very hungry.
``I want to be pushed and I know Barker is going to do that, which is going to make for an exciting fight.
``It's been a long time coming and I'm excited to be fighting on such a great card. Gary Shaw and my team back home have done a great job getting me here and I just want to put on a great show. I'm going to bring that title home.''
Shaw believed Geale was in career-best form ahead of his fifth IBF title defence.
``People must not forget that Daniel went overseas and fought two different fighters and came out on top, both of them from Germany,'' he said.