Glasgow light-welterweight Willie Limond insists he wants to keep his Commonwealth title just as much as challenger Mitch Prince wants to take it from him.
The pair will square off at Bellahouston Sports Centre in Limond’s home city on 7 June.
Limond hopes to progress his claim for European and British title shots but must hold off a hungry opponent – originally from South Africa but living in Cumbernauld – who has lost just one of 13 professional fights.
Limond is a veteran of 40 battles and is five years older than his 29-year-old opponent and Prince insists his desire to emulate the former WBU, IBO and European Union lightweight champion’s performances on the biggest stage will see him through to victory.
Prince said: “The decisive factor is I’m a lot hungrier. I want it a lot more than Willie does, just for the fact I’ve never been there. I’ve not had [a major title] yet.
“I’m going to do it on 7 June and, if I don’t, I’ll die trying.”
Limond, dismissed his opponent’s bravado and claimed he still has the desire to succeed despite being an experienced 35-year-old campaigner.
“It’s hard getting [titles], it’s harder keeping them,” he said. “You need to bust your backside to keep them and that is what I have done.
“I’ve only lost one belt in the ring. All the rest I’ve gave up or relinquished. So I won’t be losing that come 7 June.
“I know Mitch has trained hard. If he didn’t, he would be a fool. It’s the same for myself. I have bust my backside getting into the best possible shape. I don’t see me losing that title.”
Limond stopped fellow Scot Eddie Doyle in just 116 seconds after stepping up a weight to win his Commonwealth strap in January, and he has promised a show against Prince.
He said: “I always like to better my last performance. I know bettering my last one will be hard but I’ve got myself in the best possible shape that I can.
“I’m fit, I’m strong, I feel I’m hitting hard. My speed is back.
“It’s not just about winning, it’s about putting on a show. That’s very important to me. I want the fans to come back the next time.”