Mohamed Mimoune (22-3, 3 KOs) has respect for his #GoldenContract rivals outside the ring but will gleefully flick that switch off for the semi-finals.
France’s top super-lightweight, Mohamed 'The Problem' Mimoune, climbed off the canvas to stop the dangerous Darren Surtees in the last eight and now heads back to York Hall on February 21 alongside Ohara Davies, Tyrone Mckenna and Jeff Ofori to battle it out for a place in the final.
With much expected of him and the event broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank, the 32-year-old from Toulouse is eager to please.
Mimoune, a former European champion, said: “I was surprised during a lapse of concentration when I was knocked down but I have worked on it with my team and it won't happen again.
“The three other fighters left in the #GoldenContract are all good opponents who I respect but in the ring it will be a war without respect.
“I am very excited to return to London and fight for all my English fans with the magnificent ambience they create at York Hall.
“I’ll also have people travelling over from France who will be present in London as they are in the rest of the world. They follow me everywhere. It gives me even more strength and yes, it will get noisy.
“I have the ability to adapt to fight all types of fighters so I will be able to vanquish all three potential opponents. I don't have a particular choice - it's my coaches who will select my opponents.”
Mimoune really lives up to his alias, as Sam Eggington found out when he was decisioned by the Frenchman in 2017 and relieved of his European welterweight title, which is now in the hands of David Avanesyan. In his next fight, he went the distance with 'The Iceman' Viktor Psotol, who was WBC super-lightweight champion during 2015-2016.
Ex-EBU European Union and IBF European titlist Mimoune and the other trio of 140lb hopefuls fight for glory on the same night as the #GoldenContract featherweights – Leigh Wood, Ryan Walsh, Tyrone McCullagh and Jazza Dickens – battle it out.
The all-important draws for both divisions take place on February 18.