One of Shane Cameron's biggest fans, Palmerston North man Mike Waghorn, has been to every one of the Mountain Warrior's fights, bar one.
Waghorn was at the public weigh-in yesterday ahead of Cameron's IBO cruiserweight title fight against Australia's three-time world champion Danny Green at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne tonight.
Owner of Moxies cafe in Palmerston North, Waghorn is the grandfather of Cameron's seven-year-old daughter Georgia.
The only Cameron fight he didn't get to was one in Gisborne a couple of years ago when he was overseas.
Waghorn said Cameron was well aware of what was riding on tonight's fight and was confident he has what it takes to win the bout.
"I think so," Waghorn said from Melbourne yesterday. "He's looking pretty sharp, pretty focused. His head's in the right space, it definitely is his time. I'd be absolutely surprised if Danny beat him, I really would be."
If Cameron wins, it would make him the first Kiwi-born world champion since "Torpedo" Billy Murphy won the featherweight crown in 1890.
Waghorn believed Cameron had a "bigger bang" and predicted a round-5 finish in Cameron's favour. But if it went the full 12 rounds, then Green could win on points.
Cameron had needed to drop 1.7kg between yesterday's press conference and public weigh-in to make the 89kg so he could meet the weight requirement for the fight.
Waghorn did not think this would affect Cameron's power and it would only make him more determined to win the bout.
"He's had just total focus about bringing that belt back to New Zealand."
Waghorn said Cameron would have been grams under the weight yesterday but by the time the fight rolled around tonight, he would be back up to around 93kg, so he would still have plenty of power.
Green was reasonably laid back at the weigh-in, but once the pair had the stare down, things were quite tense and there were a few words exchanged.
Waghorn spent last weekend with Cameron while he was going through sparring and the gym sessions. Waghorn has 10 years' experience as a kickboxer, so he thought he had some idea about how things would play out tonight.
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