UPDATE: Lucas Browne says it's now or never regarding his twice-cancelled Commonwealth title eliminator against Englishman Richard Towers.
The Perth heavyweight boxer will face Towers in Hull on November 2 (November 3 WA time).
The unbeaten pair, who are both promoted by Ricky Hatton, were first scheduled to meet in Hong Kong last December but Towers pulled out with a perforated ear drum.
Then a fight in Melbourne in July fell through just a week out, after Towers was refused an entry visa for Australia because of his criminal past.
Instead, "Big Daddy" Browne (17-0, 15KO) stopped American Travis Walker at the Melbourne Pavilion."It's a big relief that it's official, if he pulls out this time I'll not fight him ever," Browne told thewest.com.au.
Browne was furious after Towers' visa fiasco but won't be using the disruption as extra motivation.
"No, that wasn't his fault, but management should have sorted it earlier," he said. "It was annoying and it should never have come so close to the fight. I was preparing to fight a guy that's six-foot-eight and ended up fighting someone who was shorter than me."
With Commonwealth champion David Price having been stopped in his last two fights by American Tony Thompson, Browne believes the Liverpudlian would ditch the belt rather than risk a potential career-ending KO against a puncher like himself.
"So if I can get past Towers I think I'll be fighting for a vacant belt," he said.
If Browne's future sounds exciting then his present is less so. Tomorrow night he will be working the doors at a city night spot as he still waits on sponsorship.
"I'd like to get over to Sydney to do some extra padwork and training but financially at the moment that's not possible," he said.
"Hopefully this exposure live on Sky Sports in the UK will help build interest."
Towers (14-0) last fought in June last year but the Yorkshireman insists he won't be rusty.
“I've kind of been hanging in limbo since the Australia fight was called off,” Towers told BoxRec. “I was supposed to face Johann Duhaupas and that didn't happen so I'm excited to get the fight with Lucas on again.
“I've sparred with Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye so how can I be rusty? These guys are the best in the world and if I was off the pace they wouldn't have me in their camps. I'm always in the ring and I'm always ready.
“Not wanting to slag Lucas off because he's a good guy and I consider him a friend, but I think he's getting carried away with the stars a little bit because he's banging all these guys out.”
Hatton said the winner would be knocking on the door for major titles.
“The winner of this is going to be right there in the mix,” he said.
“It's a great clash of styles. Richard likes to box on the back foot and pull away, Lucas likes to go forwards so I think it'll be an exceptional fight.
“Lucas has been over and boxed over here a couple of time already and he's got a bit of a UK following. This will help him add to that. I think he's just on the verge of the top 15 in the world so it's a big, big fight for him. It'll tell us a lot more about him because this is the first 50/50 fight he's been in.
“Lucas hasn't got the fastest feet in the world, but when you can punch like he does, you only need that one chance.
“Richard boxed on the Velodrome show last year and he wasn't his best so a few people have written him off, but that's the last thing you can do. I think if anyone is going to beat Lucas Browne, Richard has the style to do it. He's got the height, the reach and the jab. It's an interesting 50/50 fight.”
Olympic bantamweight gold medal winner Luke Campbell is also on the Hull Arena card in his home town.