A boxer perfecting his punches in the East End will fight for the British Middleweight Championship.
Elliott Matthews said he was “ready to explode” at the prospect of the clash with current title-holder Nick “Bang Bang” Blackwell.
The 34-year-old has increased his sessions at Limehouse Marina Elite’s professional boxing facility alongside head coach Barry Smith and manager Mickey Helliet.
And, although he joked the state-of-the-art full size boxing ring was comfy enough to sleep on, there’ll be no time for snoozing ahead of the Bristol bout.
Instead, it will be plenty of sweaty sessions with the pads and gloves as the undefeated fighter gets in the mindset for a “hard fight” to bring the belt back to east London on Saturday, November 14.
“I’m training two times a day from 9am and I’m working hard - I’m putting an extra 30% into everything I do,” he told The Wharf.
“Before, training was stuttery, but now we are ready to take off.
“I’m not worried about injuries, ankles, anything like that, I’m forgetting it all and just concentrating on the fight.
“I’m going to be 10 out of 10 on the night, I’m mentally and physically on it and bringing the belt back.”
Elliott added: “I’ve been to several gyms in LA including the Mayweather gym and these facilities are the best I’ve used by 1,000 miles. The bags are great and the aura and fighters around here are unbelievable – it’s an incredible atmosphere.”
The OISG Group has pumped cash into the fitness centre’s high-end facilities, which also include an altitude chamber.
Limehouse Marina Elite founder Alan Edwards – a strong supporter of Elliott since his amateur days – said Elliott had revealed his decision to go professional six years ago.
“I said to him, ‘you’re a few years too late, can you catch up?’
“He stared back at me and said ‘this is my future, I’m going all the way’, so this time he’s going to come back to Limehouse with the title.”
Coach Barry said: “It’s very brutal training. We’re going into this as the underdog. We have got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“The boxing public think we’re not going to win this, no-one expects us to, but upsets happen in boxing and we are looking to cause one on the night.”
Elliott Matthews v Nick Blackwell, City Academy Bristol, November 14 will be aired on Channel Five, times yet to be published.
Limehouse Marina Elite’s boxing area is open to both professionals and the public.