Kell Brook's career-defining showdown with Gennady Golovkin takes place tonight at the 02 Arena in London and while the Sheffield-born fighter understands the task at hand, he's heading into this fight full of optimism.
Golovkin isn't just any opponent, though. The Kazakh middleweight has 35 wins from his 35 bouts and 32 of them have come via knockout.
Special K has jumped two weight divisions to challenge GGG for his WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles, but after weighing in heavier than his universally feared opponent yesterday, Brook believes he is in prime shape to shock the world.
"I'm entering unknown territory but I'm full of energy and will be explosive with the extra pounds," Brook said.
Brook has struggled to get the major fights he thought he would after capturing the IBF welterweight title and at 30-years-old, he was desperate to finally have a true box office fight.
Amir Khan made the same jump a few months ago before getting knocked out by Saul Alvarez in the sixth round.
Khan and Brook haven't been able to agree on a fight for the past few years and Brook believes obstacles like that have forced him to move weights and seek a mega-fight like this.\
"There's a lot of politics in boxing and it's destroying the game. And if you can't get massive fights at your weight, you may have to jump a division or two."
Not many pundits are giving Brook a chance against Golovkin tonight, but credit must to go The Special One for having the guts to take this fight regardless.