"They're obviously taking this fight because they feel like they can beat me. But the experience I have as a professional will cause problems for him and ultimately win the fight for me.
"I've definitely fought much tougher competition. He has an impressive amateur record, but fighting as a professional is a whole different ballgame.
"I'm not worried that I haven't faced a southpaw before. I've been sparring with a lot of different southpaw styles and I feel comfortable against them. He won't bring anything I haven't seen before.
"I definitely think I need a knockout to win. This can't be a close fight. I'm not saying I'm going to go out there and look for a knockout - if it comes, it comes - but I'm going to go out there and try to cause a lot of damage.
"I'm definitely here to make a statement. I thought my fight against Kermit Cintron was a bad decision, but I respect the judges' decision. That fight made me a much better fighter.
"I feel like I've never shown the best of me and I feel confident that my best will come out tomorrow. This is my shot and I need to take advantage of it."