Joel McIntyre looked ahead to his English title bout with Miles Shinkwin tomoorrow night and declared: It’s win or bust for me.
The Leigh Park light-heavyweight renews his rivalry with his Watford-born opponent at York Hall in a bid to win back the vacated national belt.
But McIntyre admitted he will walk away from boxing should he lose.
The 30-year-old beat Shinkwin to secure the same belt back in 2016 – after suffering defeat in their Southern Area light heavyweight battle in 2014.
And the 18-3 man knows a second win over his rival will be a necessity if he is to become a light heavyweight force.
McIntyre said: 'This is it. It is a must-win.
'If I win it I get my belt back, move on to better things and put this rivalry to bed.
'If I lose, it's game over.
'In the unlikely event that I don’t win this, that’ll be game over and I’ll pack it in.
'But I’m not planning on packing it in, put it that way.
'It’s my English title. It’s my belt as far as I’m concerned.
'The ability that I have, I should be no less than champion of my country.
'It’s the thing that people want.
‘I’ve got to have something that people want, otherwise there's no reason for a lot of people to fight me.'
McIntyre admitted his rivalry with Shinkwin will make their latest encounter the ultimate match-up.
'We don’t particularly like each other, there is a real rivalry there,' he added.
'It’s the third fight and this is it.
'We’re both going to be super determined to win it. It’s going to be a real battle in the ring.
'He’s come off quite a few high-level losses. We’re going to look at each other and think “no way can I let him beat me”.’