The gloves are on. Or, thankfully will be at 6.45pm.
Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings, old friends turned ring enemies will get taped up for a big Sunderland derby in Dunston.
The pair clashed at the weigh-in at the Cavalier pub in Silksworth yesterday afternoon.
With tensions clearly rising, promoter Phil Jeffries, who, ironically, manages both combatants, was able to intervene before it got ugly.
There is much on the line, not least local bragging rights as Marley Pots (Foot) slugs it out with Seaburn (Goodings).
But, more importantly, the winner of tonight’s sold-out British Promoters Association Classic welterweight title confrontation gets to revive his career, while the loser could face a difficult road back.
The pair both clash at the Lancastrian Suite on the back of title defeats.
Foot lost for the first time when he was beaten by Sam Eggington in a British and Commonwealth welterweight double-header in Manchester in the summer.
Goodings, meanwhile, has not fought since being stopped inside a minute by Scott Cardle in the second defence of his English lightweight championship in the same Manchester Arena 12 months ago.
In the build-up to this contest, Goodings labelled Foot as “one-dimensional” and said he could be “out-boxed and out-fought”.
And Foot was equally scathing about his rival.
“He’s coming up a weight to fight a welter after a non-puncher knocked him out in 10 seconds,” said the 27-year-old.
“What more do I need to say?
“He says he has a plan, but I know what it will be – to run like a thief for 10 rounds.”
Will Foot be able to catch him?
“If I don’t, I’ll be packing in,” was the succinct response.
Despite the disappointment of the defeat to Eggington, Foot says he is refreshed and raring to go again.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” he said. “We’ve solved the problems from last time.”
Goodings insists nothing should be read into his early defeat to Cardle, because he went into the contest weight-drained and argued that the bout was stopped prematurely.
“I don’t think the referee did me any favours,” said the 26-year-old. “I was the defending champion and I should have been given more time.
“But I’m not going to bang on about it. But people should not think that was a true reflection of what I am.”
And Goodings said it was the prospect of taking on Foot which has regained his fire.
“I didn’t want it [my career] to end like that,” he said. “This is a brilliant fight, probably the only fight to motivate me to come back.”