Haskins: I believe in my ability to win
Lee Haskins is supremely confident he can do what no other fighter has done and beat Stephane Jamoye in his home town tonight.
Bristol's European bantamweight champion will enter the proverbial lion's den when he makes the first defence of his title in the Hallo Omnisport La Préalle in Liege.
Not only will the 28-year-old Briton have to contend with a partisan Belgian audience, he will also be up against a record achievement that has seen the challenger win every time he has boxed on home soil.
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Jamoye has fought 21 times in various locations within Liege and boasts a 100 per cent record.
Unbeaten anywhere in his native country, his three defeats have all come overseas, the 23-year-old having twice lost in Mexico to Leo Santa Cruz and Tomoki Kameda and once in the United Kingdon, when dropping a points decision to Jamie McDonnell.
Having failed to find a suitable venue in Bristol after winning the purse bids, Haskins' manager Chris Sanigar is hoping against hope that home advantage does not prove decisive on this occasion. Haskins insists he is not in the least bit apprehensive at the prospect of tackling the talented Jamoye in his own back yard.
Victorious in his last 10 fights, the Bristolian declared: "Records are there to be broken and I will end this one.
"I'm not stupid and I know the job becomes that much harder when you have to box away from home, but I believe in my ability and there is no way Jamoye can beat me.
"Of course, I'd rather be fighting in my own country, but I'm used to having to travel and I won't be fazed about going to Liege.
"I've been on the road doing things the hard way for years now and doing it again will not stop me.
"He thinks he has a big advantage boxing at home, but it will be his downfall in the end. He will have a big crowd urging him to keep going forward and that will play right into my hands.
"The more they urge him on, the more it will backfire."
The Bristolian's utter conviction that he will emerge triumphant is based upon Jamoye's loss to McDonnell, an opponent Haskins out-pointed earlier in his career to earn a shot at the British super-flyweight title.
He added: "Jamoye is a tough opponent, but he is basically a walk-on fighter and his style is made for me."