Ricky Burns has stated he is not planning to lose to Anthony Crolla ahead of their bout on Saturday.
Both lightweights are the cream of the crop at the Manchester Arena and the former three-weight champion expects an exciting bout.
Burns and Crolla’s future will be determined by the crucial all-Britain bout, with the lose having to rebuild his career to become a title contender again.
Asked what he would need to do to get another title shot if he is beaten by Crolla, Burns told Sky Sports: “I’m not losing on Saturday, so I am not even going to answer that!
“In my eyes, this is going to be my hardest fight and I need to make sure I go out and win it.
“Anthony is a great guy. I get on well with him, we have sparred before, both of us like to keep ourselves to ourselves and do our talking in the ring.
“Once the first bell goes, that is when it comes down to business, and you’re not wanting to lose so the fans can expect a great fight.”
“Every fight is different,” said the 34-year-old.
“Both of our last fights, we lost at a higher level, but we are expecting a tough fight, we have trained for a hard fight, and the best man will win.”