By Robert Lowe
Shane Cameron says he's hungry and ready as he counts down to the biggest night in his boxing career.
The 35-year-old "Mountain Warrior" will get his shot at a world title in just over a week when he fights Australian Danny Green in Melbourne for the IBO cruiserweight belt.
His sparring work has been done and he is close to completing the drop from his natural weight of around 98kg to the division maximum of 90.7kg.
"I've been waiting all my boxing career - 15 years - for this day and I'm ready," he said in Auckland on Tuesday.
"It's coming up pretty fast and I'm not going to let anything get in the way. I've ticked all the boxes in training."
Cameron has a 29-2 record, with most of his fights as a heavyweight.
On November 21, he will seek to be just the second New Zealand-born professional boxer to claim a world crown, after featherweight Billy Murphy in 1890.
"It's not often a Kiwi boy gets to fight for the world title," he said.
"All these things come into play for me. I'm hungry."
Cameron said he had managed to retain his power despite losing the kilos.
It's the fourth time he's making the drop to cruiserweight and, having sought advice from a nutritionist, he described his present regime as being the most effective.
After a sparring workload that was his heaviest before a fight - 80 rounds, with some sessions lasting 12 rounds against three boxers working in rotation - he is confident of going the distance if need be.
"I've never had three sparring partners on one given night and that's got to say something for my fitness and where my head space is," he said.
"I've left no stone unturned. I've done the best I can for this fight in front or me."
The 39-year-old Green is striving to become world champion for a fourth time.
Cameron, in his bid to stop the West Australian from improving on his 32-5 record, is looking to go on the front foot.
"It's a fight I want to dictate," he said.
"I'm not going to let him dictate. I'm going to start at pace. I'm fit enough. I've done the rounds. Twelve rounds is going to be no problem."