SunSport caught up with the No.4-ranked Aleksandar Rakic ahead of his showdown with Thiago Santos.
He said: “I think he’s going to come out wild in the first round.
“He’ll want to surprise me with some kicks and some wild punches, close the distance and try to be in his range to box with me.
“He’ll be throwing his wild kicks, flying elbows. I expect the first round to be very explosive.
“But I’m getting used to this. In my sparring and my training camp, all of those guys put so much pressure on me and I’m getting used to this pressure.
“I’m ready for three rounds of hell, I’m ready for three rounds of dominance.
“I’m ready for the standup-up position, the wrestling position and grappling position if it comes to the wrestling and the grappling.
“I’d love to knock him out in the first round and come out with no injuries, but you never know.
“I don’t want to say I’m going to knock him out in the first or the second or the third.
“I’m just going to go in there and be ice cold and pick my shots. And if some of them go through, it’s going to be bye-bye.”