Kell Brook and his fans shouldn't be fooled by Carson Jones' eight defeats, warned Jim Watt on Ringside.
Brook meets Jones in Sheffield live on Sky this Saturday in a fight which will leave the winner on the brink of a world title shot.
Fighting on his own turf Brook is favourite to win the bout, with his unbeaten record standing up favourably to Jones' more modest record - on paper at least - of 34-8-2.
However, many of the American's defeats came in his early years as a pro and Jim believes Jones is a more dangerous fighter than his losses would suggest - and that his pre-match fighting talk isn't just showmanship.
"Jones believes what he's saying," said Jim. "He's over here because he feels he can beat Kell. He's probably watched Kell box and seen what he sees as defensive lapses and feels he's got the power to cause him problems.
"Over here we build undefeated records while over in the States they teach their men to fight. He's got eight losses on his record but he hasn't been matched-up in easy fights. He's learned the job the hard way and he's tougher than some people give him credit for."
Glenn McCrory agreed: "Carson has come up the hard way," he said. "He comes from Oklahoma and they've put him in with anybody because they expected him, like a lot of fighters from Oklahoma, to become a journeyman. But he hasn't done that. He's fought through that to become a top ranked contender, which means he's got something.
"He comes here with ambition. I know he's angry because he looks at all the hype and publicity about Kell Brook and thinks 'hold on a minute, he's got me to beat,' and I think that's going to make him want this more."
Statement to the States
However, the panel agreed that it was time for Kell Brook to make a statement, especially if he wants to be considered for big fights across the pond.
"Brook needs to make a big impression," added Glenn. "There are super fights out there in the US and he's on the verge of getting into that elite level, so he needs to look good."
Spencer Oliver concurred, pointing to Brook's last fight against Matthew Hatton where he dominated his opponent, without producing the decisive blow.
"In the last year he's been looking impressive," he said. "He didn't really lose a round against Hatton last time out. He did a tremendous job against him. The only fault I'd say is that he wasn't spiteful enough, he didn't go through those gears: there were four of five times in that contest when he could have stopped Matthew but he didn't put his fat on the gas.
"He knows that and I think he has learnt from that and we'll probably see him bring that to the table against Carson Jones. This is the first real test for Kell Brook but I think he's got the tools to make it to the top."