Boxing: Ryan Clark out to silence Martin Concepcion as war of words gets physical
Ryan Clark has vowed to turn from "zero to hero" as he insisted he would have too much power for Martin Concepcion in their title fight this weekend.
The super middleweight faces a career defining fight against the Leicester boxer on Saturday when they clash for the coveted Midlands belt.
A sell-out crowd is expected at the North Kesteven Sports Centre which will also see Steve Swinburn fight for the British Masters light-middleweight title.
Clark, whose weigh-in will be held in the Waterside centre at 1pm on Friday, says he cannot wait to blast his way past the experienced Concepcion.
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And despite being taunted by his rival that he will finish his "Rocky story" on his home turf, Clark is ready to shut him up in style.
"He has gone in his local paper and said he is going to finish the fairytale and all this nonsense," he said.
"We'll soon see if he thinks the same when my fist hits his chin because I will hurt him.
"To be honest, I've never been so excited to punch someone in the face. I have respect for him as a boxer because he's fought for the British and Commonwealth title.
"But I have zero respect for him as a person. I am absolutely raring to go and I don't think he will live with my power if I am honest."
Clark has won his last three fights by knockout and will be followed by the Boxnation cameras as part of the build-up.
A crowd of around 1,000 is expected at NK Sports Centre in what is sure to be a red hot atmosphere.
And he says he has many people to thank for helping him turn his career around.
"Without the help of my dad Paul, I wouldn't have got this far," he said.
"He's been an absolute star. Dad has helped me so much along the way and I'm so grateful to him.
"I have good friends and good people around me and then there are my sponsors who are the lifeblood.
"I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart."
Meanwhile, another Lincoln fighter, the unbeaten Swinburn, will challenge Steve Spence for the British Masters light-middleweight belt.
Sleaford's Amir Unsworth returns to the ring against the highly-rated Chris Truman for the International Masters light-welterweight title.