The former WBO heavyweight champion is in line for a shot at the WBC cruiserweight title, being contested by Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobbe Fragomeni on May 15.
But first Hide will take star billing at the York Hall on Friday when he heads the eight-man line-up battling out for £32,000 in Prizefighter – The Cruiserweights II.
“Why am I in Prizefighter?” he said. “Well, it’s because I’m a warrior – a gladiator.
“I’m number two in the rankings for the WBC title and my promoters in Germany have put me back.
“But now Giacobbe Fragomeni is fighting Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for the vacant WBC title and the winner should fight me, but that could be in another three or four months.
“Going in Prizefighter is a warm-up fight for me before I fight for the world title.”
Hide, who has won 48 of his 52 professional fights and held the world heavyweight title between 1997 and 1999, is overwhelming favourite for the tournament.
He knows the other seven fighters will be gunning for him and he knows it is a gamble using the three-round slugfest as a tune-up exercise.
But it is a risk the colourful 38-year-old, who faces Wayne Brooks in the first round, is willing to take.
“Everything you do in life is a risk and in boxing there have been fighters who are number one and take a warm-up fight and get beaten,” he said.
“Champions take non-title fights and lose them but I believe I’m the best cruiserweight in the world.
“At this stage of my career I can’t be concerned about losing. I believe I’m the best so I will just go out there and do what I have to do.”