Andy Lee is looking forward to making his Odyssey debut and he believes he will be far too fast and slick for Anthony Fitzgerald when they meet on February 9.
The Limerick fighter has been training with new coach Adam Booth and he is convinced he will have too much in his armoury for Fitzgerald.
“Not to be disrespectful to him, but I’m a better fighter than he is. He’s very game, and he won’t be overawed by the occasion, but I feel like I could probably have a fight, trade punches and maybe take him out of there in three rounds,” Lee said.
“But I think I’m going to use this fight to showcase my boxing ability, and some of the things I’ve been working on with Adam.
“If I hurt him, then I’ll go for a stoppage. But I think it’s important that I show that I’m a class above this guy, and work on some of the things I’ve been working on.”
And the former Kronk star knows he cannot afford to lose after coming second best in his last outing in a WBC world title fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr last June
“I don’t think it’s another loss, but I definitely can’t afford to lose this fight.
“Fitzgerald - he has no business being in the same ring as me really - but I have to beat the guys put in front of me and that’s all I can do. I can’t afford to lose this next fight,” he added.
Meanwhile Mike Robinson is coming to the Odyssey to end Jamie Conlan’s unbeaten record.
Robinson faces Conlan for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title at 8st 3lbs and believing a win will move him closer to a shot at British champion Paul Butler.
“Conlan is a good boxer and I’ve watched plenty of him,” said Robinson.
“He’s a really good fighter but hasn’t boxed for a year because of injuries so I’m hoping he’s rusty.
“But I still believe this fight will be as hard as the Butler one. I was training to fight the best in Britain so I am ready for Conlan.
“And a win in this fight will prove that I deserve my chance against Butler. I am coming to Belfast to beat Conlan and then move on,” he added.