Maybe it's just bravado or maybe they really believe it, but heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez and his team sound awfully confident that Gomez will dethrone titleholder Vitali Klitschko.
Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs) is the mandatory challenger for Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) and they will meet in Stuttgart, Germany, on Saturday in the first live heavyweight title bout in ESPN history (5 p.m. ET).
Based on the way Gomez and his camp are talking, ESPN viewers are in for the crowning of a new titlist.
This is Klitschko's first defense since knocking out Samuel Peter in October to reclaim his old belt after a four-year retirement. While Klitschko has done very little talking, you can't get Gomez or his handlers to shut up about the fight. While Klitschko has done very little to promote it, at least to Americans, Gomez promoter Arena-Box Promotions has blanketed my e-mail box day after day with boasts and promises and information about the show.
So, first let's hear from Gomez, a former cruiserweight titleholder and Cuban defector who is based in Germany. He, of course, is predicting victory.
"I have never been this well-prepared and this fired up for a fight," Gomez said. "Vitali will be surprised to see what I am capable of. He thinks he can beat me up? I say it will be the other way around. I will destroy the legend of Vitali Klitschko.
"I am a natural born boxer. I have been in the ring since I was 8 years old. I have been world cruiserweight champion for four years. I am more experienced than Vitali though I am younger and faster than him. And I know exactly what to do in the ring. I will be too fast and too much to handle for the robot. Of course, I know that he can punch -- but he will not even see me and you cannot hit what you cannot see."
Also ultra-confident in a Gomez victory is Orlando Cuellar, Gomez's trainer who knows a thing or two about upsets. He trained Glen Johnson for his shocking knockout victory against Roy Jones. So let's hear what Cuellar has to say.
"I remember that Glen was the 7-to-1 underdog at that fight," Cuellar said. "I didn't care and we kicked Roy's ass. The odds may be similar this time -- and again I couldn't care less. Let the fans and so-called experts say and think whatever they want. We will give our answer in the ring. And Klitschko doesn't stand a chance."
Let's not leave out Mo Klatten, Gomez's conditioning coach, who also weighed in on the fight.
"We know that we've done our job very well," he said. "Juan didn't miss one single session and has always been on time. He did everything I asked him to. I have never seen a fighter as disciplined and focused. Juan got what it takes, and after all the work we've done, he will be able to go 12 rounds at extremely high speed. Vitali will be surprised at what is coming towards him. Vitali is definitely stronger than Juan and punches very hard. But Juan knows that and will be aware that Vitali doesn't hit him. From what I've seen in training, I call it a decision win for Gomez."
And last, but certainly not least, we have to hear from Ahmet