By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH is convinced that George Groves has bitten off more than he can chew by attempting to take away his two world titles.
The pair will meet on November 23 with Froch's IBF and WBA world super-middleweight titles up for grabs.
But Froch, 35, warned: "George Groves is not ready for me. He isn't ready for this challenge because of the calibre of opposition he has had, compared to me.
"It would have been nice to see George in against a couple of top-level fighters before this fight.
"But I fully accept the challenge, as I always do.
"I'll fight anybody - Godzilla, George Groves, whoever you put in front of me. It's going to be a great fight for the fans who will have a British world title fight to get stuck into."
Unusual The pair are members of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable but there is little love lost between them ahead of a tussle that looks likely to be at London's 02 Arena or the Manchester Arena.
Groves sparred with Mikkel Kessler ahead of the Dane's fight with Froch in May - a move that annoyed the Froch camp.
Froch said: "It's quite unusual for a British fighter to spar a foreign fighter against a British fighter. You wouldn't usually go and help them."
Groves has also claimed that if Froch retires, he will not leave the kind of legacy attained by Ricky Hatton or Joe Calzaghe.
George Groves says he is ready but Froch's not so sure George Groves says he is ready but Froch's not so sure
Froch's trainer Rob McCracken said: "He has been a bit disrespectful in some of the things he has been saying, which doesn't sit well.
"I don't know how he thinks he can beat Carl. But he is going to find out the hard for way. If I'm honest, I don't think he deserves a fight of this magnitude yet."
Groves, 25, is unbeaten in 19 contests and KO'd Uruguayan Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in the fifth round on the Froch-Kessler undercard.
He said of Froch, who has lost just two of his 33 contests: "Carl is at the latter stage of his career and is only talking about a few more fights.
"Maybe there won't be more than this one fight. I think it will be hard for him because, if he loses, it will be hard for him to come back. He is established and he's been a good ambassador for British boxing after winning world titles and been at a high level for a long time.
"I hope he doesn't believe his own hype and sit down and study the facts. He's talking about me not boxing guys not in the top 15.
"But I am there. I'm ranked No. 1 and 2 with the WBO and WBA and ranked No. 1 with the WBC.
"Carl tries to make out I fluked my way into the IBF mandatory position, but it was only a matter of time before I fought for a world title - and before I fought Carl Froch."