Kirkham boxer Adam Little has spoken of his determination to repel the attack-dog methods of rival Glenn Foot when they meet in an eliminator for the British super-lightweight title in Wigan on Saturday night.
Little said: “I know what Foot is all about and one thing is for sure it is going to be a very entertaining fight.
“I have been around at the same time as him as amateurs, though I have never fought him before; he is going to come forward and he knows only one way to fight – that’s to attack. He is quite relentless.
“It is going to be up to me to deal with it, which I will though I am not sure yet just how I will go about it.
“There are different ways that I can stop him, maybe it will come to question of fighting fire with fire.
“I don’t know how, though I will know what I have to do after the first round.
“But the only thing that is important is that I win the fight, no matter how I do it.”
Foot is from Sunderland and brings to Saturday’s sold-out fight at the DW Stadium in Wigan a record of 18 wins with only one loss.
That sole defeat was at the hands of Sam Eggington when the duo met for the British and Commonwealth welterweight title at the Manchester Arena last summer.
Little has only lost once - a contentious points verdict against Sam Matkin in Blackpool last year.
Last time out Little stopped Martin Gethin in summary style in Blackpool.
Some thought that marked the end of Gethin’s career, but he has since stopped John Wayne Hibbert.
Little said: “I was gobsmacked when I watched that fight and I couldn’t quite believe it.
“There was a lot of talk before and after I fought Gethin that he was finished.
“Winning the English title is the pinnacle of my career so far, but in terms of performance beating Gethin is the best on my record.
“Gethin had never been KO’d in his career before he fought me and I had him out of there in three rounds.”
Little added: “All the hard work has been done now, all the training and sparring.
“It is just a question of making the weight, which won’t be a problem because I prepared properly with help from John Moores University in Liverpool.”
The Little v Foot weigh-in takes place in Sefton on Friday, while the Wigan bill will also feature Kirkham heavyweight Bill Hodgson.