Vitali Klitschko has promised to teach Juan Carlos Gomez a lesson when the heavyweights fight Saturday for Klitschko's WBCtitle, International Herald Tribune reported.
Klitschko was hoping to fight Britain's David Haye, but instead has to defend his title against another former cruiserweight champion who is the mandatory challenger.
"I am ready. I am confident," Klitschko said Monday at a joint news conference with Gomez. "I had no injuries in training camp, thank God, and I am 100 percent ready. I heard a lot of statement from Gomez's camp recently and all I can say is that they can dream on, they are alldreams.
"He says he has had the hardest training camp of his career and I can promise him the hardest fight of his life. I think he is a very good boxer, with technical skill, and he showed it all in the cruiserweight. But heavyweight is something else. I will show him. It will be a lesson, but it won't last long."
Gomez, a 35-year-old Cuban defector who lives in Germany, did not seemimpressed.
"I will beat his face in. I am the better boxer," Gomez said. "I will beat him, that'sit."
During the pre-fight hype, Gomez has also vowed to "destroy" Klitschko.
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