Dillian Whyte puts his interim WBC heavyweight title – as well as several years of hard work – on the line when he takes on Alexander Povetkin in unlikely surroundings.
Whyte has been stood at the front of the queue for a considerable time now, waiting patiently for his opportunity at the reigning champion, which was Deontay Wilder for so long.
However, the American's reign was emphatically ended by Tyson Fury earlier this year and, with that duo set to meet again next, Whyte is left hanging around a little longer.
Still, now at least the situation is clear: win on Saturday and it will be a title chance next, or alternatively elevation in his status with the WBC, should the champion opt to vacate rather than face his mandatory challenger.
Povetkin, though, is a tough hurdle to clear. Whyte could have taken a softer option, considering what is at stake for him. The Russian has only lost twice in a long professional career, plus won gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Their intriguing meeting tops the bill in the fourth and final 'Fight Camp' series staged by promoters Matchroom, a unique concept staged within the company's grounds in Essex to combat the issues around putting on a live sporting event amid a global health pandemic.
Having enjoyed a lengthy training camp in Portugal to prepare for a must-win outing, Whyte has been staying on site in a motor home to avoid running into Povetkin too often on the premises in the build-up.
Thankfully for the audience watching on, there will be nothing to keep the pair apart once the bell sounds.
Whyte has admitted this week that external issues affected him in 2019, when he had two fights. After the first of them, a points win over Oscar Rivas in July, he was initially charged with testing positive for a banned substance by UK Anti-Doping, though was later cleared and reinstated to his ranking with the WBC.
In December, Whyte was back fighting in the ring against Mariusz Wach, though a lack of preparation time led to a laboured display in a 10-rounder that went the distance in Diriyah. It was the last outing with long-time coach Mark Tibbs, too - Xavier Miller will now be working the corner, aided by late addition Dave Coldwell.
Povetkin was on the same Saudi Arabia card as Whyte, involved in a see-saw battle with Michael Hunter that ended up as a split-decision draw. The 40-year-old's other outing last year was a points triumph over Hughie Fury in what was his return to action after being stopped by Anthony Joshua 11 months earlier.
For comparison, Povetkin stopped Wach in the 12th round when they met in 2015, while his other loss in the paid ranks came against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013. Dropped no less than four times and also deducted a point in the penultimate round, he managed to go the distance but was comprehensively outclassed by the Ukrainian.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Height: 6ft 4ins (193cm)
Weight: 18st 6oz (252 pounds)
Professional record: 27-1 (18 KOs)
Major career titles: WBC heavyweight (interim)
Height: 6ft 2ins (188cm)
Weight: 16st 5lbs (224 pounds)
Professional record: 35-2-1 (24 KOs)
Major career titles: WBA heavyweight
While the big men are set to take centre stage, the rematch between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon has the potential to steal the show.
Taylor won the first meeting by a majority decision in New York to retain her four world titles. The two lightweights switch from the famous Madison Square Garden to Eddie Hearn's back yard, yet a lack of a crowd should not take away anything from the occasion. Persoon believes she won just over a year ago, so the Belgian police offer will be out to deliver her own version of justice.
As for the rest, heavyweight prospect Alen Babic and Shawndell Winters have been verbally sparring in the build-up to their clash, while Jack Cullen takes on fellow super-middleweight Zak Chelli and Luther Clay meets Chris Kongo at welter.
WHAT THE FIGHTERS HAVE TO SAY...
Whyte on Tyson Fury: "One minute he says he will fight me, the next minute he says he won't. Tyson talks a lot of rubbish - he just says whatever he thinks."
Whyte on Povetkin: "He's probably the most technical fighter I've fought. He's fought a lot of guys as an amateur and is an Olympic gold medallist – he's done it the right way."
Taylor on Persoon: "I'm ready for anything Delfine throws at me. As long as I'm strong, that's all that matters to me."
Persoon to BBC Sport: "I have money from my job so there's no problem. The honour is important for me rather than the money. If you said I had to box for free and win, I'd say no problem."