Lee Selby may have made a massive mistake before he faces Martin Lindsay at the Odyssey on February 9.
Selby will put his British and Commonwealth titles on the line against Lindsay on the Carl Frampton v Kiko Martinez undercard at the Belfast venue.
The Welsh fighter - who is in America training at the Wild Card gym and in Floyd Mayweather’s gym - believes Lindsay is past his best.
“He’s a good all-round fighter, but he’s getting on a bit now and will be 31 by the time we fight.
“So I think my youth and skill will be too much for him.
And Selby added: “Going to America is good preparation, not just physically but mentally too, as I will be training with the best in the world and they will give me good encouragement.
“It gives you confidence talking to people like that, and just watching them train is an inspiration.”
Lindsay however says Selby can talk all he likes.
“He can say what he likes but we will see what happens on February 9.
“I want to be British champion again and I will get me hands on that title when we meet.
“All I can do is train away and get myself into great shape for the fight and then show what I can do.
“I lost my British title to John Simpson because I boxed the wrong fight that night.
“That will not happen again. Selby can say what he likes, but I will be ready to face him on February 9. Make no mistake about that,” he added.