Glen Johnson claims George Groves has “bitten off more than he can chew” by opting to fight him.
Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight, 24, will defend his Commonwealth title against former world champion Johnson at the ExCel London on Saturday 15 December.
The wily Jamaican, 43, has fought a number of top fighters, including Bernard Hopkins and Britain’s world champion Carl Froch, and he pulled off a shock win over American superstar Roy Jones in 2004.
And he believes he will have too much for Groves, who is looking to take another step towards a world title shot.
Johnson said: “From what I’ve seen of Groves he’s a good strong kid with lots of talent and he’s coming up in the sport. I know he’ll be looking to do a number on me.
“I’ve faced the best in the business over the years against the like of Jones, Antonio Tarver and Hopkins and I believe I’m a better all-round fighter.
“Groves will not show me anything I haven’t seen before. He’s got the youth, but I’ve got the experience and that will count for plenty.
“He’s only had 15 fights, it shows he’s got plenty of ambition and hunger to want to face me and that’s admirable for a young fighter, but he’ll see that he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”
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