Wayne Elcock fights for the British title tonight with the weight of Birmingham resting on his shoulders.
The 31-year-old middleweight squares up to Scott Dann in front of a sell-out crowd at Plymouth's Pavilions.
Elcock will have to contend with a hostile atmosphere as he bids to prevent Dann from winning the Lonsdale Belt outright.
However, not only is the one-time WBU World Middleweight champion fighting to pick up his first domestic title, he is convinced that a victory could ensure big-time boxing returns to Birmingham.
Elcock split from his highprofile promoter Frank Maloney 18 months ago, but is adamant he can fill venues such as the NIA, as long as he can upset the applecart in Devon.
But he also reveals that if he fails to bring home the bacon, then it may well be time to hang up the gloves.
"It's a make-or-break fight for me, as I know it could end my career," admitted Elcock - who is known as 'Mad Dog' in the ring.
"I am always nervous before fights and the fear factor is massive before this one.
However, I turn that fear into a positive and I am confident I will win.
"I don't want my career to end because I want to bring the belt back to Birmingham. But I am serious about retiring if I lose because if I can't win the British title, then what is the point?
"I am not interested in boxing for Midland titles or appearing on small- hall shows, as I want to be involved in big fights like this and possess decent titles.
"This is just a stepping stone for even bigger things in my career, as I will team up with a promoter who is going to put me on in Birmingham after I have won. That's all I am interested in - as well as making some money of course!" n Scott Harrison will capitalise on Joe Calzaghe's misfortune by defending his WBO featherweight title in front of the ITV cameras at the Braehead Arena on November 5.
The 28-year-old stepped into the shoes of WBO supermiddleweight champion Calzaghe after the Welshman suffered a broken hand beating Evans Ashira in Cardiff on Saturday.
British star Amir Khan will supply the main support after another impressive victory over Baz Carey in Wales.