Jono Carroll believes he has exposed Tevin Farmer’s confidence as fragile as the two prepare to clash for the American’s IBF super featherweight world title on 15 March.
‘King Kong’ Carroll travels to Farmer’s hometown of Philadelphia in a bid to realise a lifelong dream and took heart from a fractious opening press conference last month.
Carroll said: "Tevin didn’t know what to do when I put it on him and started stuttering and repeating himself.
"I don’t think he’s truly confident. I think it’s all just a front. I couldn’t care less where I fight in the world. All the location does is put even more pressure on him.
"A man who has a lot has a lot to lose. I’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain so mentally, this is an easy night for me.
"This is just another day in the office for me. This is what I always said I was going to do, so I’m not surprised to be here now. I believe this is my destiny."
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Unbeaten Finglas native Carroll (16-0-1) won the IBF Inter-Continental super-featherweight crown when he blasted Humberto de Santiago aside in November 2017.
Carroll then defended his belt by stopping fellow Dubliner and training-mate Declan Geraghty in July 2018 and was most recently seen fighting to a draw with Guillaume Frenois in December.
Farmer (28-4-1) hasn't been beaten in over seven years and has defended his belt successfully twice since claiming it a year ago, including stopping Belfast's James Tennyson last October.