Kevin Mitchell hopes to make it third time lucky this Saturday at the 02 as he takes on WBC Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares.
Mitchell looks a reborn fighter under new trainer Tony Sims having admitted his only other two losses (both world title fights) were down to his partying lifestyle.
The 30-year-old looks better than ever having recently stopped world rated lightweights Ghislain Maduma and Daniel Estrada.
The former Commonwealth champion has expressed his hunger, passion and desire to be crowned WBC champion.
In his way, though, stands the hard hitting three-weight world champion Jorge Linares.
The Venezuelan won the title last year with a brutal knock-out win over Javier Prieto.
Also a former champion at Feather and Super Featherweight, the 29-year-old is a big hitter but can be caught with his three losses coming by stoppage.
The champion has boxed in Japan, Mexico and the United States so he wont be undeterred by boxing in Mitchell's country.
Third Times A Charm
The home fighter believes this may well be his last shot at gold following failed attempts against Michael Katsidis and Ricky Burns.
The green and gold belt is recognised as the most prestigious of all the governing bodies. At the 02 this Saturday it may well be third time lucky for Kevin Mitchell.