Aamir Khan says he is battling multiple injuries ahead of the match against Klay Brook.
The former welterweight champion goes to war in Manchester on February 19 – a decade after the first showdown was talked about.
The pair have since been embroiled in several verbal brawls, and even though both men have passed their prime, British fans are still excited to see them finally in the ring.
Khan, 35, is currently training for the fight in Colorado and has told Sky Sports how he is pushing himself through the hurdle to prepare for the conflict.
He added: “We all have injuries, players and women.
“When you are at the elite level, we always have to take their pain away and take them away.
“Yeah, I’m in pain and I’m hurt when I’m training.
“I’ve had to struggle today and I still have to recover from those injuries, I can’t think of them – I just have to move on with them.
“My job is just to get ready for February 19th and obviously there is aches and pains.”
Khan said: “As you get older – I’m 35 now – it’s not like when you’re 25 where you recover after a tough season.
“Now the body takes a while but that’s good because I know that if I keep pushing myself with those aches and pains, I’ll be fine.”
Khan’s last fight was in Saudi Arabia in 2019 when he stopped Billy Dibb.
Three months after being stopped by Terrence Crawford in New York, a fight followed, the Bolton-born boxer claimed that he suffered an elbow injury during camp that affected his performance.
Brooke was last in action a year ago, when he was also defeated by WBO Welterweight Champion Crawford in Las Vegas.
It was the third defeat of his 42-bout career in which Special K tasted defeat to Errol Spence Jr. and Gennady Golovkin.