Motherwell kickboxer Gary McLeary hopes completing the Italian job will see him lifting another world title on Saturday.
The super-heavyweight takes on Luca Panto from Messina at Rivals Gym in Wishaw for the WKA version of the world title, and after stepping away from the sport for a year McCleary says he feels like a new man.
He said: “It will be a year since my last fight and we have gone back to the drawing board and gone back to basics.
“There were different things I wanted to try and now after a really good training camp I am ready to go.
“I feel like I have now got my edge back and I’m coming back as a completely new fighter .”
This isn’t the first time McLeary has faced Italian opposition, having lost to Alex Rossi in Hamilton for the IKSA world super-heavyweight title two years ago, but says he has learned from that experience.
He said: “Panto is known throughout Europe and is quite highly considered particularly in the K1 style of fighting and having had 50-odd fights so has a huge experience edge on me.
“However, I have home advantage and will be aiming to use that, the night is a near sell-out, I’ve never known such interest in one of my fights so the crowd will spur me on.
“I have faced an Italian before and lost, I understand Panto fights in a very similar way, so I have taken what I learned from the defeat to Rossi and this time it will be a different outcome.”
McLeary would like to thank his sponsors Global Logistics, the Imperial Bar, Clyde Scaffolding and the Commercial Hotel.