Paul Morby geared up for his surprise shot at glory and was told: You’ve got nothing to lose.
Morby tackles Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries on Sky Sports tonight after taking on the challenge of beating the unbeaten prospect at short notice.
The Portsmouth man clashes with his 7-0-1 rival at the Doncaster Dome in their super-middleweight showdown.
Morby knows a win will catapult him in to boxing big leagues by taking such a high-profile scalp.
Jeffries, who has the massively-respected Tommy Brooks in his corner, will be the short-priced favourite for the clash.
But Morby’s trainer, Michael Ballingall, knows his man has the chance to shine in front of the nation – and that the pressure will be off.
Ballingall said: ‘The one thing about Paul is he has the guts to get in there with these big names.
‘He has boxed a lot of opponents who are seen as top boys.
‘A lot of fighters wouldn’t be willing to do what he is doing.
‘So he is going in there with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
‘If he goes in with that attitude, who knows what could happen?
‘A win would put Paul right up the rankings.
‘Jeffries is a good fighter but he isn’t the best of the Olympians.
‘Paul can go in there and uncover the truth about Tony Jeffries.
‘Boxing is boxing – and in this sport anything can happen.’
Morby has been able to gain some top short-notice sparring at the start of this week with Southampton’s highly-touted Tony Hill.
And his stable-mate Mark Coombs has also been on hand to help him get ready.
It’s been a quick-fire period for the 31-year-old, with the clash agreed just last week.
Ballingall has assembled a game plan for his man, though, that he is hopeful can reap a spectacular reward over eight rounds.
He said: ‘We managed to sort good sparring for Paul, which was helpful.
‘We have a game plan in place that Paul has been working to as well, and it’s about going in there and executing that plan.
‘Jeffries is going to be ready for eight rounds, but we think we can give him problems.
‘We respect Jeffries, what he has achieved and what he can do.
‘He is a decent person, too, but Paul is going in to make a good impression in front of everyone.
‘This could be a very big night in Paul’s career.’
Morby’s clash with Tony Jeffries will be chief support to Stuey Hall’s European, British and Commonwealth title unification with Jamie McDonnell.
The programme is the curtain-raiser to the new boxing season on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm tonight.