David Haye insists he is ready to rise to the challenge of taking on the world as he targets undisputed cruiser-weight champion O'Neil Bell before the end of the year.
The Bermondsey hitter successfully negotiated the second defence of his European crown in Altrincham, winning every round to out-point durable Belgian Ismail Abdoul 120-108 on all three cards.
It was an uncharacteristic display of caution from a man who has made his name on the back of his explosive punching power. But afterwards Haye was quick to point out that he had used the fight as an exercise in discipline, while vowing that a meeting with Bell would see him adopt a very different approach.
"I will come with a completely different fight to take on O'Neil Bell," said Haye, who should now get his wish for a crack at the Jamaican after confirming his status as the WBC's No 1contender.
"I will be completely unrecognisable," he added. "O'Neil Bell doesn't fight like Abdoul at all - he swings and punches where as Abdoul stays tight behind a very high guard."
Haye revealed his solid if unspectacular approach had been part of a careful plan, saying: "My aim was to throw no more than three right hands a round and keep him at bay with lots and lots of jabs and that is what I did."
But he admitted that tempering his natural desire to power forward and tee off with big shots had been difficult to get used to.
"It was a completely different style for me and goes against everything that I would normally do," said the 25-year-old Londoner, who threw very little of note save for a couple of decent hooks that briefly rocked Abdoul back onto his heels.