By Duncan Johnstone
Ken Reinsfield has been at Shane Cameron's side through thick and thin but the trainer struggles to remember his prized heavyweight boxer being more focused than for Saturday night's clash with Kali Meehan in Auckland.
The two New Zealanders meet for the WBA Pan African belt as the feature fight on an impressive Super 8 card.
It's been labelled a legacy fight for boxing in this region and Cameron certainly views it that way.
He sees it as an opportunity to erase his disappointing seven round loss to Brian Minto last December when he literally walked into a constant barrage from the American journeyman.
And Cameron has trained accordingly.
"Shane is absolutely ready for this fight," Reinsfield declared.
"He's so focused, he has left no stone unturned with his preparations.
"I have had to hold him back – he would train every hour of the day if he could.
"So there are no excuses … we're totally happy."
Cameron and Meehan fronted a media session today along with the bulk of the 14 fighters on the card.
Both heavyweights looked fit and trim though Sydney-based Kiwi Meehan will take a decided height and reach advantage into the fight, standing 1.96m to Cameron's 1.88m.
Reinsfield played that down.
"Shane has fought many tall guys in his time. Size doesn't make a difference – they all hit the canvas in the same way."
There was a noted lack of trash talk between the two fighters and Reinsfield put that down to mutual respect and also the occasion. It's a serious scenario that sees both fighters facing the reality that defeat will likely end their lengthy careers.
Cameron said he liked the pressure that came with that reality. He believed it would bring the best out in him.
"I like to add pressure on myself. This is a very tough fight against big Kali. This is make or break for me.
"But I will make my own decision, not let Kali make me retire."
Cameron has lost his last two fights, a unanimous points decision at the hands of Australian Danny Green for the IBO world cruiserweight tile preceding the Minto loss.
It's certainly not the way he wants to be remembered in a career that has featured only two other losses and 29 wins since turning pro in 2002.
Cameron is motivated to make up for what he felt was an uncharacteristically poor decision.
"After the Danny Green loss I lost my desire for the sport. In hindsight I shouldn't have taken the Minto fight.
"But this is not the man that fought Brian Minto," Cameron promised.