Ajose Olusegun is confident ahead of his fight with Lucas Matthysse at the weekend
Last Updated: 05/09/12 10:04am
Ajose Olusegun: Believes he has been ready for a title fight for four years
Ajose Olusegun intends to make the most of his big chance on the world stage when he takes on Lucas Matthysse in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The London-based Nigerian clashes with the big-hitting Argentine for the WBC's interim light-welterweight title.
For the unbeaten Olusegun it represents a huge step up in class although the 32-year-old feels he has still to fulfil his potential.
The southpaw has held the Commonwealth title since 2007, adding the British strap two years later, but with the big domestic fights eluding him he took himself to the States where a 12-round shutout against Ali Chebah last September put him up the WBC's rankings.
Olusegun remains an active soldier in the Nigerian army but in Matthysse he comes up against his toughest foe to date.
The Argentine has racked up a 31-2 record with both defeats - against Devon Alexander and Zab Judah - being hotly disputed.
"I know he's one of the toughest in the division," said Olusegun. "He lost twice, but I think he was robbed both times.
"I think he's the toughest opponent on paper, but I can't say that he's the toughest guy until after the fight. He definitely is on paper, but I don't know how that will translate in reality.
"The big difference between us - it's common knowledge I've been deprived of this fight for so long. I've been ready to fight for a championship for four years. Now that I have this opportunity I'm not going to let it go. I'm going to give everything I have to win this fight."
Matthysse has won 29 of his 31 victories by stoppage but Olusegun believes he has the chin to survive.
"Ali Cheba had an 80 percent knockout ratio and when he hit me it didn't hurt me," he added. "I proved my chin. I knocked him down twice but he didn't hurt me. I felt some of his power but nothing I couldn't handle.
"That's not going to happen. It's going to be me knocking him out, not the other way around."