Unbeaten British middleweight insists he has the beating of pound for pound top 10 boxer Sergio Martinez when he attempts to topple the world middleweight champ in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 1.
The 29 year-old north Londoner will start a massive underdog against the Argentine puncher but believes this is his time and he is ready to take on the best in the world.
Speaking to Sky Sports Barker said: "I knew it was part of my plan to become a world champion. I believe I’m ready, that’s the most important thing. Me and my trainer Tony Sims believe we’re ready;.
"I wouldn’t jeopardise everything I’ve done for 17 years, all the time I’ve put into boxing, I wouldn’t throw it away to take a payday or go into a big fight just for the occasion. I wouldn’t do it.
Barker added: "What I’ve achieved here, British, Commonwealth, European champion, that means something here. But out there (in the US), no-one really has a clue. But it’s a big deal here and I’m going to prove the underdog can cause an upset."
Barker also insists that facing a southpaw will also be an advantage for him: "I’ve always had a knack of fighting southpaws," Barker said. "When I was an amateur down at Wrexham there must’ve been something in the water because there were southpaws left, right and centre, they were winning titles, fighting for England, winning National Championships and I was sparring them every day.
"I just developed a knack for being in with them; that’s another reason why I really wanted to fight Martinez.
September 22, 2011