Carl Froch says he wasn't impressed with the behavior of George Groves on their Sky Sports Ringside appearance together, calling him "childish, arrogant" and "very rude," and says he's looking to make a major statement when the two meet on November 23 in Manchester.
"It just depends what he decides to do on the night and how the fight unfolds. One thing for sure is that he's getting beaten - he's probably going to get knocked out. When I start hitting him on his glass jaw, he will fall over."
Froch (31-2, 22 KO) is the pretty heavy favorite against the unbeaten Groves (19-0, 15 KO), and certainly has experience on his side. Froch also believes that Groves made a major mistake in parting ways with manager and trainer Adam Booth:
"Splitting up with Adam Booth isn't ideal, it's definitely a negative. It sounds like he's been through the mill a little bit which is good news for me. I'm not pinching any positives from his negatives. I'm just concentrating on what I do. I'm in great shape."
Groves, who is training with Paddy Fitzpatrick for this fight, says he's not concerned about the split affecting his performance:
"Stuff has gone on with Adam, we're in the middle of a dispute, but I'm confident that we'll settle it and I'm confident that it will not affect my performance at all. In fact it's just made me more determined."
Has Groves bitten off more than he can chew? Is Froch right to be licking his lips over this lucrative and potentially easy night at the office? Or will the young fighter prove he's a world class contender, and possibly even pull the upset against the established star?