Tyson Fury believes he is the most dangerous fighter on the planet.
The unbeaten Morecambe giant is looking to put a frustrating year behind him as he eyes a summer showdown with Dereck Chisora.
The 25-year-old returns to action on February 15 at the Copper Box Arena in London where he faces experienced Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile following a tumultuous end to 2013 which saw a battle of Britain with David Haye first postponed and then cancelled.
But Fury insists he is in high spirits ahead of returning to the ring for the first time in 10 months live on BoxNation.
He said: “I’m not frustrated - I’m just in a happy place.
“I’m happy I’ve got a fight lined up. I’m happy that I’ve got a deal on the table. I couldn’t be any happier.
“Training is going well, everything is good. 2014 - new year - and I’m hoping it’s going to be a fresh start after all that’s gone on over the past year or so.
“I’m just looking forward to getting in there now and fighting someone who’s actually going to turn up and fight.”
Rejuvenated and ready to go, Fury has got his old spark back and insists that he is the most lethal boxer in the world when in such a mood, firing a warning shot to Basile ahead of their bout.
He said: “A fit, motivated Tyson Fury is probably the most dangerous fighter on the planet.
“As I’ve said in the past, it’s pretty easy to beat me but then on the other hand it’s pretty hard to beat me because to beat me you’ve got to knock me out.
“To knock me out you’ve got to stand in front of me and to stand in front of me you’re going to be hurt yourself.”
Basile is the current IBF Latino heavyweight champion and has 61 wins in 70 contests.
Should Fury come through that challenge, a blockbuster rematch against Chisora, who headlines the February 15 card with his fight against former Fury foe Kevin Johnson, is in the pipeline for the summer.
The bout between the pair, who share a great deal of respect for one another, will be a high stakes affair with a shot at world title glory for the victor.
Fury said: “There’s not a chance [Chisora will duck out of a fight]. We fought before me and Del Boy, a 12 round slugfest, back in the summer of 2011. I’m happy that he’s worked his way back up and that he’s fighting me again.
“It’s going to a great fight again. I know he’s not going to pull out, and 100 per cent he’s going to be there, because he’s a fighting man like myself - he’ll fight anybody.
“I’m just happy that one of us is going to fight for the world title. Chisora’s already had a shot and it would be nice for me to have a shot this time. I’m just looking forward to it.
“All will be unveiled this year. We’ll know if Tyson Fury is any good or if he is just the hype job that people think he was - six months and we’ll know.”