“When I prepared for Walt Harris, everything was good — Moscow was open and everybody came back to the gym,” said Volkov. “Now, with Alistair, I started this camp two months ago and I’m feeling good now. I’m in really good shape — maybe better than I was in the fight against Walt Harris.

“I’m in the same shape as the fight before, physically and mentally,” he continued. “I’ve made some changes in my camps, working a lot with a physical therapist, working on conditioning, and I’m feeling really strong.

“I think this next fight will be the same as the fight with Walt Harris.”

Not only has Volkov added on to the positive elements from his preparations for Harris, but he also made a point of giving himself the best opportunity to feel fresh, rested, and ready to fire on all cylinders on Saturday night by making the trip to North America well in advance of this weekend’s festivities in Las Vegas.

“I have fought a lot in the U.S. before, so we know everything about how to get better here after a long flight and (how to deal) with the jet lag,” said the heavyweight headliner, who will be making is third appearance in “The Fight Capital of the World” and is competing on U.S. soil for the 13th time in his career.