LEWIS van Poetsch is expecting to "go to hell and back" to defeat footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse.
Van Poetsch has been matched against the ex-Sheffield United midfielder for a televised boxing show in Hull on Saturday, November 2.
For the Lydney boxer, known as Poochi, a six-round match against one of the btter known names in British boxing is "a true honour" and a big opportunity for the 23-year-old's rapidly rising boxing career.
A rifleman with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, van Poetsch believes his fighting spirit and tenacious never-say-die attitude earned him the chance to fight Woodhouse.
Welterweight van Poetsch said: "It will be a very tough fight and I'm expecting to go to hell and back to win.
"But this is not trash talk, it is an honour to be matched against such a celebrity of the boxing world.
"I am a football fan too and have the utmost respect for what he did.
"It is a big opportunity and a really serious fight for me. I can't wait for it. It's going to be a big night.
"Hopefully I will put on a good show. Some people go to get paid, they get hit once or twice and go into survival mode and don't put on a good fight.
"I think that's the reason I got matched with him – they know I am going to put up a fight. It doesn't matter who I'm fighting or where I am."
Woodhouse played for Grimsby Town in the defeat to Cheltenham Town in the 2006 League Two play-off final, as well as serving time at Birmingham City, Hull City and Rushden and Diamonds.
After retiring in 2007 disillusioned with football, he turned to professional boxing, having already made his debut in 2006.
Since then he has won 19 fights and lost six.
Van Poetsch has been boxing since he was 14 before joining the Army when he was 16.
He left aged 18, but returned to serve in Afghanistan from October 2011 to May 2012, which is when his boxing career began in earnest.
Since his professional debut in November 2012, he has won three and lost three fights.
But the prospect of a televised fight is enough to make van Poetsch forget the stats.
He said: "I always imagined being on Sky Sports.
"I watched Friday Fight Night when I was 14, and now I could get the chance to be in a televised fight.
"A massive smile crossed my face when I heard I was fighting him. I love boxing, some people will say I've been overmatched but I don't care.
"This fight will bring my career on, and will be a big learning curve. It will get my name out there. People will be asking who this little kid is.
"I don't care who I'm in the ring with, I'm not intimidated and now I've got the chance to fight in front of a bigger audience, with a big dog, potentially on TV."