Kubrat Pulev has gone back to basics in his bid to dethrone Anthony Joshua.
Pulev will challenge heavyweight world champion Joshua in London ext month in their much-delayed clash.
Victory would see Pulev inflict a second professional defeat on the Brit and deny him the chance to meet Tyson Fury next year.
And the Bulgarian has headed for the mountains for his training camp in scenes reminiscent of Rocky IV.
"I have been running 10km in a 50-minute range in the Pirin mountains in southwestern Bulgaria to prepare my stamina," said Pulev.
"I have also been climbing the famous ‘Tooth’ peak, which has really tough terrain and gets to around 2600m-2700m high, where the air gets very thin.
"I have also been training at a famous Belmeken Olympic sport complex up in the mountains. It was built for the old East German outfit that was looking for the best conditions anywhere in Europe.
"It's a high-altitude base camp away from the noise of the city, a place to build the mind and the body while isolated in the mountains. AJ said he will steamroll me. Well, we bring an avalanche back down the mountain.
"Physically and mentally I feel the best I've felt in my life. I feel amazing and ready. He can try his best, but I can assure him one thing: he may have seen some very good opponents, but he hasn't seen anything like me in the ring ever before."
Pulev was due to challenge Joshua in 2017 but was forced to pull with an injury and was replaced by Carlos Takam.
He has worked his way back into the mandatory challenger position and is determined not to blow his chance.
"This is going to be a mind game and a chess game for as long as it lasts – a master chess game – but the only difference is the end is going to come like lightning," he added.
"I can tell the fans that I will expose AJ again and prove they have been idolising the wrong guy. I will expose him to the world for a second time."
The original interview came via the Betway Insider blog, where you can find all the latest sporting insight and tips
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