When Luke Woods steps into the ring for his WBC Australasian Super Welterweight Title bout on Saturday, he won't just be doing it for himself.
He will be hoping to make a statement for Tasmanian boxing.
"I really want to be a good ambassador and role model for boxing in Tasmania no matter what happens on Saturday,'' the Latrobe Boxing Club product and Commonwealth Games representative said this week.
"When I get into the ring, I just want to bring the belt home for Tassie, not just for me.
"It has never been about the people who don't believe in me, by sticking it to the haters, I do it for the sport and boxing in Tasmania."
There was an air of confidence from Woods, who has a professional record of six wins and three losses, as he enters the final preparations for the Brisbane fight against Joel Camilleri, a man who has gone the distance with Tim Tszyu.
It will be Woods' first outing since his TKO welterweight fight defeat to Andrew Hunt in December, but a solid training base, which included a sparring session with Michael Zerafa, has him feeling good.
"The work has done now and there is no turning back now,'' Woods said.
"I am going to do everything I can to bring the belt back to Tassie and while I know I am the underdog on paper, in my mind I am confident I can win it.
"Mike Tyson has that saying that everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the face, and it is similar to that.
"Of course I am confident, because I feel like I am stage of my career where I can compete with anyone in the country."
Woods, who will turn 29 next week, described the final few days before a major fight as being quite "interesting".
"It is just completely about recovering and resting with light training as it has been another hard fight camp as I have known about this fight for about 12 weeks, so it has been pretty tough and hard,'' he said
"When you get into the final couple of weeks it does start to wear you down as you can't peak too early and you can't train 100 per cent every week.
"It is hard to explain, as it [fight week] is nearly as exciting as the moment you get the contract and you know you have the fight.
"But getting to fight week and knowing you haven't lost an opponent, which has happened to us before, is a great feeling.
"It was shame as one little mistake was costly, but I've been given a second life here and I get to go up a weight division which has made it easier for me to get to the weight."
While not wanting to look too far forward, he said he understood the opportunities that would come his way with a win as "a lot of people will be wanting to take the belt from me as soon as I get home".
"But I will be giving 100 per cent and I thank everyone that is behind me,'' he said.
Saturday's bout will be at Mansfield Tavern, with the fight card to start at 7pm.