World-class boxing is returning to the Bendigo Stadium.
Two generations of Australian boxing will face off in the ring in 2021.
The fight is still months away, but former world champion Anthony "The Man" Mundine and Michael "Pretty Boy" Zerafa are fired up and ready for the Saturday March 13 fight night.
Mundine heads into the middleweight bout ready to give his all as it may well be his last fight before he retires for good ending a decorated career as a boxer.
"I feel as if I have plenty of unfinished business in the ring and if Zerafa wants some, let's get it on as I am ready to go," the 45-year-old said at a press conference on Friday at the Bendigo Stadium.
After his most recent fight in November 2019, against fellow Australian John Wayne Parr where he was defeated by split decision with scores of 96-93, 95-93 and 94-95, Mundine (48-10-0 ) was eager for that sweet taste of success again.
However, a victory over the 28-year-old Zerafa (27-4-0) will not come easy.
"Mundine is a former world champion and has been in the ring fighting against the best of our sport," Zerafa said.
"He's dominated boxing in Australia for the past 20 years.
"But now it's my time to take over."
Boxing in Bendigo is not new to Zerafa, who impressed crowds in August 2019 with a knockout win over Jeff Horn.
The fight last year was marred by controversy surrounding the use of ring girls and promoters of the Mundine-Zerafa fight have already confirmed that ring girls would not be present at the March 13 event.
The pair then met again a few months later in Brisbane where Horn was able to turn the tables and secure the win.
Zerafa said his next fight with Mundine in March 2021 was going to be a different story.
"This fight won't go past four rounds. I guarantee that I will knock Mundine out," he said.
"Last time I was here in this place (Bendigo Stadium), the atmosphere was electric and hopefully we can fill it up and put on a great show for all of the fans.
"This fight is going to be great for Australian boxing in general."
Mundine's confidence is just as high as his opponent, but the pair are certainly aware and respect what they've both achieved in the ring.
"I wanted to fight the best and I don't dodge anyone," Mundine said.
"I see something in him (Zerafa) that I know I can beat.
"This is like an old bull and a young bull. I feel like my seasoning, experience and having been in this position many times before...I know I can beat this guy.
"I am about to shock the boxing world.
"He's a good young fighter with speed and power, but skill-wise, I am on a different level."
Zerafa who is 17 years junior to Mundine said this was a fight he had prepared for his whole life.
"This means everything to me. I've wanted this fight since I was a little kid," Zerafa said.
"What better way to do it than to come back to Bendigo and fill out the stadium...I am counting down the days and I wish it was tonight."
Zerafa has called out other opponents lately, both Tim Tszyu and Horn.
Zerafa made headlines a few days ago after approaching Tszyu telling him to step up in class, right after he exited the ring following his knockout victory over Bowyn Morgan
"He (Mundine) wasn't my first pick. I wanted Tim Tszyu who is too busy fighting welterweights or Horn in a trilogy, but he's too busy being scared," Zerafa said.
"Only one person was man enough to fight me and that's Mundine, so credit to him.
"He's a guy who has dominated this sport for many years.
"This is a legacy fight and I want Mundine's name on my resume.
"I am ready to knock him out once and for all and then he can sail off into the sunset like he's said many times before."
Also on the card for the March 13 fight night at the Bendigo Stadium is Blake Caparello v Robert Berridge and Cherneka Johnson v Bianca Elmir.
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