Former NRL bad boy John Hopoate is set to fight one-time WBA heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne in Sydney on Saturday.
Hopoate has only fought once in the past nine years, sensationally going down in a second-round pummelling to Cronulla Sharks great Paul Gallen in February.
Hopoate holds a 12-6 professional record as a boxer but has only one just one of his past five fights, but will look to improve on that record this weekend.
The fight will be held at St Marys Band Club in Sydney on the undercard of the Kye MacKenzie's lightweight rematch with Francis Chua.
Hopoate's opponent, Browne, shocked the fighting world when he beat Ruslan Chagaev to claim the WBA heavyweight world title in 2016.
Browne is coming a loss but had previously when his past three fights. With the 40-year-old searching for an opponent, Hopoate stepped in with only four days' notice.
Browne defended Hopoate's return to the ring amid a chorus of criticism on social media.
"The dude's got more balls than most of you people who won't step up into the ring," Brown said of Hopoate.
"So, 100% credit to Hopoate for accepting the fight – thank you.
"On four days' notice, his opponent pulled out, I didn't have an opponent so it just made sense.
"Thank you very much to Hopoate for letting me have a fight. It's been six months without a fight and on four days' notice he stepped up.
"Absolute champion and legend of a bloke. It's what Aussies do.
"I'm just happy that I'm fighting. I've been training for six months and I just don't appreciate all the bullshit coming back towards Hopoate for this.
"It's gonna be a fight, it's the heavyweight division, you never know what's gonna happen."