Carl Froch's confidence is understandable.
The WBC super middleweight champion has gone on a remarkable run since Joe Calzaghe claimed Froch was unworthy of facing the since-retired Welsh star in what would've been a showdown between unbeaten boxers. England's Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) has defeated Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham in four of his last five fights.
His lone loss during that stretch was an inconclusive unanimous decision to Mikkel Kessler 13 months ago in Kessler's native Denmark.
"Glen Johnson's trainer (Orlando Cuellar) is delusional," Froch, 33, said regarding his fight against Johnson on Saturday night in Atlantic City. "He's not only not going to win the fight, he's not going to win a round. I'm too young and fresh. From round one to 12, I will dominate."
The winner of their 12-round fight, a semifinal in Showtime's "Super Six World Boxing Classic," will battle Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) in the championship match of the double-elimination, 168-pound tournament.
Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) replaced Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) in the tournament after Kessler suffered an eye injury. Kessler has recovered, however, and will face France's Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday in Copenhagen.
Showtime will televise taped footage of the Kessler-Bouadla bout prior to its live broadcast of the Froch-Johnson fight, beginning at 9 p.m.
PAPER CHAMPIONSHIP: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has taken training more seriously in recent years, has improved in the ring and will encounter the most accomplished opponent of his career Saturday night when he meets Germany's Sebastian Zbik at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
But his opportunity to join his legendary father as a world champion has more to do with the sanctioning shenanigans of the dubious WBC than it does with Chavez Jr.'s development.
The WBC essentially stripped boxing's real middleweight champion, Sergio Martinez, of his 160-pound title in January.
That allowed Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs), already its No. 1 contender, to fight for the middleweight title without having to meet Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs). The Mexico City-based organization promoted Martinez to champion emeritus status and declared Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs), who won the WBC's the interim middleweight title 10 months ago, its middleweight champion.
Chavez Jr., 25, is a 2-1 favorite entering a fight that'll be broadcast as a "Boxing After Dark" main event on HBO. He still feels as though he has a lot to prove.
"It motivates me and makes me better, all those people who are doubting me," Chavez Jr. said. "I want to prove to everyone that I'm capable of winning a world championship."
NO SUGARCOATING: Some might argue Shane Mosley all but quit after suffering a third-round knockdown against Manny Pacquiao, but Showtime will televise a previously unreleased clip Saturday night of Mosley repeatedly asking trainer Naazim Richardson between the 10th and 11th round to stop their May 7 fight in Las Vegas.
The footage from Mosley's corner is part of an abbreviated fifth episode of "Fight Camp 360: Pacquiao vs. Mosley," which will air at 8:45 p.m., just before Showtime's 9 p.m. telecast that'll feature Froch against Johnson. Mosley finished the 12-round bout, but suffered the most lopsided loss of his Hall of Fame career.