Joe Joyce has been accused of being “presumptuous” by his opponent ahead of his pro debut on Friday night.
The trade expected the Olympic silver medallist to be matched tough on his debut – but the match with Ian Lewison at the O2 Indigo still raised eyebrows.
Lewison is a heavy-handed former Southern Area champion who last time out went 10 hard rounds with Dillian Whyte for the vacant British heavyweight championship.
“It’s presumptuous of them to take this fight,” said the 36 year old South Londoner.
“But they want to push him on and want to take risks with him.