Tom Little says he is fully confident of stopping Alen Babic and believes the pressure is off his shoulders, ahead of their heavyweight showdown on Saturday.
Little (10-8, 3 KOs) and Babic (5-0, 5 KOs) collide on the undercard of Conor Benn’s return against Sebastian Formella, behind closed doors at The SSE Arena.
The Hatfield man, who was stopped by former Olympic Bronze medalist Mahammadrasul Majidov on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December, has vowed to stop the unbeaten Croat.
“I think if this goes five rounds it’s a long fight,” Little said on a media call on Tuesday, in response to a question from proboxing-fans.com.
“It’s got no choice but to be a barnstormer, I think anybody that knows me knows that I’m not shy to get stuck in especially if I’m hurt.
“When I fought Majidov it was a prime example of that, I climbed straight off the canvas and tried to get stuck into him.
“I believe I’ll stop Alen, I’m not going for a points win.
“There’s no clowning about, I’m here for strictly business, I’m here to wage war.
“I’m here for maximum damage, maximum pain.
“I said to Alen and I genuinely meant it, if both of us ain’t bleeding, we ain’t done our job properly.”
Little has lost his last four fights to Filip Hrgovic, Daniel Dubois, David Price and the aforementioned, Majidov all by stoppage.
However, the 33-year-old says the pressure is off against the unbeaten prospect, who halted Niall Kennedy in three rounds in October.
“It’s pressure less,” Little added.
“I’ve always been sat there thinking to myself ‘there’s a reason why these boys went to the Olympics and there’s a reason I didn’t.’
“You sit there and all these seeds of doubt come in. I’ve not had one seed of doubt full camp. I’ve not visualised one thing other than me winning and me winning in brilliant fashion.
“I’ve never been this confident since I stopped Josh Sandland and I said I’d beat him, I said I’d stop him and I said what round I would stop him in.
“I just know with my hand on my heart, a fully focused me, a fully prepared me, beats a fully prepared Alen Babic.”
Watch the full interview below with Tom Little where he pays tribute to former rival Dave Allen following his retirement on Sunday.