Anthony Mundine's latest opponent also comes from a strong boxing family and is getting ready for a "war" against the Australian veteran.
Texan Charles Hatley 29 (25-1-1, 17 KOs) has come to Australia intent on claiming Mundine's WBC Silver super welterweight title in Melbourne next Wednesday.
Hatley is rated 13th, nine spots below Mundine.
"I'm a warrior and I'm coming to fight a war," Hatley told AAP on Friday.
"He (Mundine) is a great fighter and he's coming to fight, just like me."
All of Hatley's professional fights have been in the United States but he fought in several countries during a long amateur career, during which he won a national welterweight title.
Mundine 40, is clearly his best credentialled professional opponent and the Australian has also faced a far better calibre of opposition.
Hatley is acutely aware of just how significant a fight it is in the context of his burgeoning career.
"It is big for me, I want to show I'm one of the best in the world," Hatley said.
Mundine is the son of former middleweight world title contender and multi Australian title-winner Tony Mundine but Hatley also has strong boxing bloodlines,
He said his father and uncle were boxers while his older brother Greg is a professional cruiserweight with a handy 12-1 record.
Mundine, Daniel Geale, Billy Dib and Vic Darchinyan are among the top level boxers who will have professional exhibition bouts on December 6 in a tribute to Sydney fighter Davey Browne, who died in September, four days after suffering injuries in a contest.
All profit raised from the show at Ottimo House in Denham Court southwestern Sydney will go to Browne's widow Amy and her children.