Tommy McCarthy insists he is ready to silence “melter” Chris Billam-Smith when they finally square up inside the ring.
There have been plenty of verbals between the pair ahead of Saturday night’s British, Commonwealth and European cruiserweight title fight.
Belfast boxer McCarthy is now ready to let his fists do the talking as he looks to close in on a world title shot.
“Him and his team just haven’t stopped calling me out for ages. They were doing my head in. So I have to shut him up now,” McCarthy said.
“He hasn’t got under my skin. He’s just a melter.
“As a fighter, he is okay. I don’t think he is anything special. I just have to go in there and smash him to bits.”
McCarthy’s stock is rising following a five-win streak, a run that saw the 30-year-old win the WBC International and EBU European cruiserweight belts.
He now wants to add Billam-Smith’s Commonwealth title to his own European crown, with the vacant British strap also on the line on Saturday night.
But despite the glory on the line this weekend, he is also aware of the other fortunes on offer if he gets his hand raised at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentford.
“This is a life-changing fight for me. The fights after this win will be massive for me. Potentially set me up to have a comfortable life,” he added.
“To win a world title would be a dream. I started boxing when I was 12, and it has just been my dream since the first day I walked into the boxing club.”
McCarthy enjoyed playing various sports as a child including GAA where he played football and hurling for West Belfast club Gort-na-Mona.
But it was the individual, solitary life of a boxer that appealed to him most.
“I played different sports as a kid including GAA, but boxing just clicked with me. It is a solo sport, and I am an only child. So I have always liked doing things on my own and not relying on other people,” he added.
“In team sports, you could have a blinder but the rest of your team could play s***. You could have the best game of your life and still lose.
“In boxing, it is all on your own shoulders. And if you perform then you win.
“It doesn’t add any pressure. It is less pressure. You have to trust yourself, and it is all in your hands. In team sports there is only so much you can do, because you are relying on other people.
“When I put in the work in camp, I trust my ability.”