Bogdan Dinu has told Daniel Dubois to prepare for war when they meet for the WBA Interim heavyweight title in Telford on Saturday.
Greenwich’s Dubois (15-1) is looking to bounce back from his stoppage loss to Joe Joyce in November.
Romanian Dinu (20-2) comes into the bout as a huge underdog.
He has won his last two fights since being halted back-to-back against Jarrell Miller and Kubrat Pulev, the former has been a sparring partner ahead of the clash with Dubois.
Dinu said: “Daniel lost a tough war last time he boxed but he needs more experience. I have the experience.
“I don’t know if they have made a mistake [picking me]. I am prepared, coming to win and it will be a war from the first round.
“Daniel is a good fighter, but he needs to learn and have more fights. Good fights, not just against regular fighters who lose in the first round.”
Dubois has described Dinu as a “standard” fighter.
“He is talking before he has met me,” said Dinu. “As Mike Tyson says ‘everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face’.”
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