Terence Crawford is two days away from his first world title shot, but unlike his rise up the ranks in the States on HBO, he'll be well out of his comfort zone when he travels to hostile territory in Glasgow, Scotland, to face WBO lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns.
Crawford (22-0, 16 KO) isn't concerned about the reaction he'll face on the road:
"The fans won't like it, but I am fine, I don't care. They can boo as much as they want but it is what I do in the ring that counts. What can they do apart from yell and scream? I've fought the boos before and I'll do it again in this fight.
"I knew I would have to come over to Scotland to fight Ricky, I have no problem with that. I know I can win - I have not come here for a holiday."
Crawford broke through into contention in 2013, beating Breidis Prescott, Alejandro Sanabria, and Andrey Klimov in HBO-televised bouts. This weekend's fight will be shown on AWE TV in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It is by far Crawford's biggest test to date on paper, as he looks to go from emerging prospect to world champion.
Burns (36-2-1, 11 KO) is coming back some from adversity himself, having gone to a draw most felt he should have lost to Ray Beltran last September. In that fight, Burns had his jaw broken, and has been on the shelf since.