Carl Frampton is about to fight to secure his legacy.
The two-weight world champion could become the first king of Ireland’s three divisions if he could conquer Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight belt.
However, he risks all of that live on talkSPORT this Saturday night against Darren Traynor.
On the Wednesday of fight week, Frampton shares a media call with U.S. co-promoter Bob Arum, who confirms a date is set for the herring fight in November.
The next morning, he speaks to talkSPORT.com inside the hotel’s quarantine “bubble” in London.
“No extra pressure, I was convinced the fight was going to happen at some point,” Frampton said of the news.
“It’s just good to have it as well as nailed it.” It’s a fight that is difficult for me, a difficult task but I believe I can win.
Saturday’s fight will take place behind closed doors at York Hall with COVID-19 protocols in place preventing fans from attending.
It’s a slight disappointment for Frampton, who is used to having one of the strongest crowds in boxing throwing every hit with him in Belfast.
“It’s going to be strange, right? I think the approach into the arena will be strange when there is no noise.
“Once you step into the ring, I don’t think it’ll make you feel that alien. You are focused on the fight, you are focused on the opponent who is trying to knock you out through the ring.
“I would prefer there to be a crowd, but Darren Traynor is also boxing in front of a crowd, so it’s going to be weird for him too.
Traynor sees it differently though and is honest about the relief he doesn’t have to put up with the atmosphere as a fighter on the outside.
“I think it’s going to be less pressure because crowds can interfere with you and bother you.” he admits.
“The crowd touches you sometimes, especially if you are an underdog.
“But I don’t think it will be any different because when you’re in the ring it’s just you and your opponent in the ring. That’s all you focus on.
Frampton previously unified the super-bantamweight world titles before moving up to claim a featherweight belt.
Now campaigning at the super featherweight, Frampton is two wins away from Irish history.
“There have been two-weight world champions before,” he continues, “I’m proud to have joined this company.
“But I think being alone as the only three-weight world champion is really historic.
“I want to create a legacy in this sport and I think winning a world title in my third division gets me a Hall of Fame ticket.
“It makes people realize and realize me – I would probably be comfortable thinking of myself as the greatest fighter Ireland has ever produced as a three-weight world champion.
“My children would be proud of me. People who have always supported me would be proud of me.
“That’s why I’m doing it. Reasons inherited. “
The inherited reasons are Frampton’s motivation, but the same cannot be said for his Scottish opponent.
The Aberdeen Traynor was brought in as a late replacement when Frampton’s original enemy encountered visa issues.
Very few outside of his own team really expect him to pull off a shock.
“It motivates me [being overlooked]Insists Traynor, “He’s a top fighter, so if I can get into the mix like that, it will change my life.”
“It will boost my self-confidence and make me believe that, ‘Yeah, if I can beat Frampton, who else could I beat, I could beat anyone.’
“It’s very, very big. Massive for me. Amazing to have this opportunity. I think it will be really good for Aberdeen too.
“Everyone takes root. It would give me a big smile to win, it would put me in heaven.
There is a lot at stake for Frampton on Saturday night, but Trayor has his own motivations and clearly has no intention of giving them up without a fight.
Frampton vs Traynor is live at 9 p.m. on talkSPORT2 this Saturday and will air simultaneously on the network after 10 p.m.