George Groves has insisted that his youth will give him an advantage over Carl Froch when the two square off in the ring.
The British scrappers will meet in a world title clash later this year, with Froch's IBF and WBA world super-middleweight titles on the line.
Groves, 25, believes that he is in better shape than his 36-year-old opponent ahead of the bout.
"I'm ready. I'm 25, I feel I'm on the rise and getting stronger and stronger, and I don't think Carl can say the same," he told talkSPORT.
"Age is a factor and he's probably deteriorated slightly. He's 36 now and he takes a lot of punches during fights and I don't think he'll be able to take as many punches as me as he did against Mikkel [Kessler].
"Carl knows how to throw a shot but he doesn't know how to avoid a shot, he's going to have to improve his defense because I hit hard and am very accurate. I don't think he'll be able to take punches from me for 12 rounds."
The match will take place in the UK in either November or December.