Peter McDonagh arrived in Newry and promised to spoil the homecoming of unbeaten Patrick Murphy when they clash at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on July 12.
Former Irish lightweight champion McDonagh has stepped in at three weeks notice to clash with Murphy will be having his first fight on Irish soil after being based in Australia since turning professional in 2011 and the show is close to a sell-out with the former Ulster senior champion eager to catch the eye with a first rate performance which could kick-start a series of bills at home.
But McDonagh is adamant that Murphy has taken him too early in his career and that he is ready to "expose his weaknesses" in their battle on a Dundalk bill which also features Eamonn O'Kane in an exciting middleweight fight with Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald.
McDonagh said: "I know after watching Murphy on Youtube that I will beat him, all he can do is throw a good jab and if he thinks that is going to stop me then he's in for a big shock.
"I really believe that he has bitten off more than he can chew. I have so much experience, I've been in with much better fighters than him and he's going to find that out. Credit to him for taking the fight at this stage of his career but his people have made a big mistake. I've just had three weeks notice but I am always in shape and I'm in Belfast now working at Breen's Gym so I'll be very sharp come fight night."
Also on the bill are Toome's Jamie Kennedy, Steve Collins jnr making his debut and unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury – cousin of Tyson.