West Ham United players James Tomkins and Adrian paid a visit to Mitchell 'Baby-Faced Assassin' Smith as he prepares to become one of the first boxers to fight at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later this month.
Super featherweight Smith will battle Norfolk's Scott Moises for the Southern Area title at the Copper Box, Stratford, on Saturday 21 September.
A Hammers fan, the 20-year-old invited the players down to see him at the Pro SW Gym in Loughton as he looks ahead to taking part in the first boxing bill to be at the Olympic Park.
Both Tomkins and Adrian joined Smith in the ring for a sparring session and took a few mock shots at him to make sure he was getting into shape for his fight
"I think they both have a good right hand!" joked Smith. "It was great for the lads to come down and see me here and give their support. It was a bit overwhelming but I hope they can come to the fight and I would love to see lots of Hammers fans come along and give me their support too."
Harrow-based Smith has progressed through the amateur ranks before turning professional and has had a good first year, winning his first six fights. Even though he is still young, he has been like likened to Ricky Hatton.
"I have had six fights, with three knockouts, so it is all going well and now I am looking to make a bigger name for myself.
"The comparisons with Ricky Hatton are brilliant. He is one of my favourite fighters and a big football fan like me and is someone I can aspire to in the ring. I want to win this title and then, in the long-term, go on to big stage boxing if I can."
Mitchell Smith in the ring with James Tomkins and Adrian
A West Ham fan for a few years now, Smith cites Andy Carroll as one of his favourite players and Paolo Di Canio as his all-time favourite Hammer.
He says he just enjoyed watching the team and his support grew from there. Smith is delighted that he is on the first bill at the Olympic Park and hopes to one day fight at the Olympic Stadium itself when it becomes West Ham's new home in 2016.
"I watched the team play a few times and just enjoy the way we play, good attacking football. It is a bit like I see myself, as an attacking fighter.To be at the Olympic Park, right on the doorstep of what will be the new stadium for West Ham, is just brilliant and really exciting.
"[Lightweight and fellow Hammers fan] Kevin Mitchell fought at Upton Park a couple of years ago, I would like to think I will be on a fight bill at the Olympic Stadium itself when West Ham move in there, as that would be fantastic."
Smith is hoping that he can get local support down to the Olympic Park in September as he takes on and Hammers players Tomkins and Adrian were right behind the young boxer.
Tomkins said: "We all wish Mitchell the best of luck for the fight and we hope to get down there to see him and many West Ham fans can too.
"It was great to come down and see him in the gym and get a taste of what he does in the ring. He looks in good shape and so we wish him well for the fight, which is at the Olympic Park, next to the stadium where we will be moving into in three years, so it's a fantastic venue to see a fight."
Unbeaten welterweight Frankie Gavin and Commonwealth and British middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders are also on the bill on what promises to be a fantastic night of boxing at the Copper Box.
Tickets for the event start at £43.50 and are available from www.eventim.co.uk