Hilt, left, and George, right, pose for a photo ahead of their title clash. Image courtesy of GW & Smithy promotions.
New Zealand boxer Cairo George (18-1) touched down in Australia earlier this week ahead of the biggest bout of his professional career.
The 29 year old is set to face off against Australia's Jamie Hilt (10-4-1) for the WBU Super Lightweight World Championship.
The pair will clash in a 12-round bout on Saturday night inside the Rumours International Convention Centre in Toowoomba, Australia on TGW & Smithy promotions ‘Bring the Big Fights 24’ card.
“It's every young boxer's ambition and dream to become world champion, so when the opportunity came up, me and my team were all over it. On Saturday night we’re going for it," George said, speaking during a media open day.
George will walk into the ring on Saturday, knowing that the crowd will be fully behind Hilt, who is the hometown boy, but the "Waikato Warrior" has readied himself for anything that comes his way.
"I've prepared myself for the worst, and I'm ready for Saturday night," George said.
"This will be the biggest one by far, highest-ranked opponent, most significant belt, this is it. All my life experience comes down to this weekend."
Since turning professional in 2012, George has steadily added win after win to his boxing record, accumulating multiple national and international titles along the way. If George were to claim the title on Saturday, the victory would no doubt open the doors to even more lucrative bouts further down the track.
However, for now, George's focus is only on what awaits him inside the ring when the bell sounds on Saturday night. Hilt, who goes by the moniker "Hardman" is a rugged and durable fighter who has only been stopped once in his career. While a stoppage win would look great on George's resume, the Kiwi is not looking to go headhunting as soon as the fight begins.
"I'm just going out there to box, but if a KO presents itself, I am going for it," he said.
"He's a tough guy; I've only just met him for the first time, seems like a nice guy. I'm going to feel bad punching him, but I gotta do what I gotta do."
George has been fighting overseas regularly for the past few years, but while he may be plying his trade abroad, George is always conscious of where he comes from and the people he represents.
"No matter where I travel in the world, I am always representing home, so that's important for me," George said.
Hilt may have the hometown advantage, but George will know that back in New Zealand, he has an army of supporters and boxing fans who will be willing him onto victory this weekend.