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The talk, the insults, the vile jokes and the publicity stunts can all stop now as fight night draws close and David Haye's date with destiny is upon him.
The WBA champion squares up to WBO and IBF title-holder Wladimir Klitschko in the most eagerly-anticipated heavyweight clash since the Ukrainian's elder brother Vitali lost to Haye's fellow Brit Lennox Lewis in 2003.
Haye has been working hard this week, with his verbal abuse and mocking of Klitschko, to get under the skin of the Ukrainian in a bid to bring a different fighter out when the pair finally touch gloves out in the open at the Imtech Arena.
Whether or not he has been successful remains to be seen and while it may not be a thrilling affair owing to the fact both may be cautious with so much at stake, it's going to be tense and exhilarating.
It is a fight that has been over three years in the making, ever since the then cruiserweight world champion Haye caught Klitschko unawares in 2008 at a charity press conference in London and demanded he gave him a shot at his world titles.
Probably Haye's shrewdest ever publicity stunt, and he's had plenty of bad ones, was to ensure the fiery verbal spar on an escalator in a London shopping centre was captured on camera as it grabbed the public's attention and since then fans have been calling for the pair to meet.
There were negotiation breakdowns, sick stunts, injury withdrawals and a lot of pettiness in the following three years, but finally, it seems, fans will get what they want on Saturday night when the two colossal forces of heavyweight boxing face each other in the middle of Hamburg's football ground.
With around 55,000 spectators in the impressive Imtech Arena and millions watching around the world, all eyes will be on the pair and it is Haye's chance to prove to the world that he is a true heavyweight world beater.
Haye faces a man in Klitschko who has been at the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing for the past 11 years - ever since he claimed his first world title with a win over Chris Byrd in 2000.
The British fighter is far less experienced at world level in the heavyweight division and his chin has yet to be really tested by a big puncher in the division.
Klitschko possesses, in his painstakingly-accurate right, a punch that could question Haye's chin and the WBA champion must exert caution when he works inside the jab of the Ukrainian who is going in search of his 50th knockout.
The 30-year-old has had to come off the floor on more than one occasion and was found wanting when Carl Thompson landed a right flush on his chin in 2004 to hand him his only professional defeat.
But the Ukrainian has also has found himself with his backside on the canvas on quite a few occasions, which may see this fight decided by whoever manages to land the first clean, powerful punch.
Haye will hope his mind games and goading of Klitschko will entice the Ukrainian to come out and fight from the off, giving the Brit a chance to land a big shot and end the fight well before it gets to the scorecards.
However, the calm and collected Klitschko will more than likely patiently wait for his chance and make the affair more of a chess match than an all-out brawl.
That may disappoint spectators, but it will also make Haye's job a lot trickier, as finding that fight-ending blow will become all the more difficult.
But find it he must, as leaving the outcome in the hands of the judges is never a wise move for an away fighter in Germany and it is something the Londoner will no doubt be keen to avoid.
Legacy is a word used more often with regards to boxing than nearly any other sport and if Haye wants to leave one behind should he retire later this year, then nothing but a spectacular win over Klitschko will suffice.