Sergey Rabchenko believes having Ricky Hatton fighting his corner will spur him on to European light-middleweight title glory on Saturday night.
The Belarussian, 26, meets Sheffield’s former champion Ryan Rhodes on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome.
Rabchenko who has won all 20 fights, 15 by KO said: “I have had more than nine weeks training with Ricky at the Hatton gym and it has allowed to me into get into the best shape of my career.
“Ricky was always one of my favourite fighters and it has been a fantastic experience getting his expertise.
“We have also been running together and he has taught me some English words although I am not sure how many I should repeat.
“I have got a lot of respect for Ryan Rhodes previous achievement’s as a professional boxer, but that now it’s my time and I’ll be the new European champion on Saturday.
There are three other major contests on the bill.
There is a potential ‘Fight of the Year’ when Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe square off for the vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title.
Rhodes fellow steel city slugger Richard Towers challenges France’s Gregory Tony for the vacant EU heavyweight title
In a special attraction British middleweight champion Martin Murray meets French title holder Karim Achour ahead of a big September fight that will be announced later this month.
Other fights: Craig Watson v Tomasz Mazurciewicz, Lucas Browne v Hastings Rasani,
Adam Etches v Ferenc Zold, Scott Jenkins v Kristian Laight, Adam Little v Dee Mitchell, Kallum De’Ath v Anwar Alfadi and Louis Norman v Brett Fido.
All VIP and ringside tickets have been sold. The remaining tickets are available priced at £55, £35 and £30, but are limited. You can purchase tickets by calling Hatton Promotions hotline 01925 755 222/www.ticketmaster.co.uk/0844 847 2500/www.ticketline.co.uk/0844 888 4402/www.hmv.com