Southern Area super-featherweight champion Mitchell Smith believes Romeo Romaeo has not done enough in the pro ranks to be considered as a potential opponent for him just yet.
Last month, Romaeo told onthebeak.com that he would be calling Smith out if he successfully comes through his fight against Chuck Jones on March 1.
But Smith insists the 18-year-old from Cardiff, who is undefeated in two fights since turning pro in November, is not yet worthy of an opportunity to fight him.
“There is obviously a lot of talk about the fight happening,” Smith told onthebeak.com. “My answer to it is yes I would love the fight but does he bring enough to the table? No.
“I’m not trying to talk like a champion, like I’m holding all the cards, but the fact is I am Southern Area champion, I hold the Southern Area title and he don’t hold nothing.
“He’s only boxed five or six rounds in his whole career, so I don’t even know why people are talking about a fight which is an 8, 10 or 12 rounder when he’s only done a handful of rounds.
“He doesn’t even deserve to be talking about fighting me just yet. I think neither he nor the people behind him should be talking like they want the fight now when quite frankly he hasn’t done enough to earn it.”
The Harrow Weald boxer insists he has no problem facing Romaeo in the future provided it makes sense for both parties.
“I’m still early in my career, I’ve got a lot of learning to do and obviously so does he,” said Smith.
“Perhaps in a year or two it could be a big money-earning fight and that’s what we both want I would have thought.
“I want to progress and I want him to progress and if we can both go our separate ways and win belts and get wins under our belts in two years’ time it could be a massive fight.”
But the Baby-Faced Assassin, who faces Welsh super-featherweight champion Mark Evans at York Hall, Bethnal Green on February 22, is not convinced the flamboyant Romaeo will last that long.
“Personally, I don’t think he’s a lot of cop,” said Smith.
“Romeo Romaeo looks the part, he’s got a great physique and he seems like he’s done a bit in the amateurs, but I don’t rate him.
“He’s very athletic but I don’t believe he knows what he’s going to throw next. He’s very unorthodox and I think he’ll get found out when he gets to the top level.
Romaeo’s debut was featured by Sky Sports’ Ringside show last year and his eccentric nature, which includes somersaulting into the ring, has seen him likened to Naseem Hamed.
He caused a stir when he stood over Andrejs Podusovs after knocking the Latvian out in November and Smith was quick to condemn Romaeo’s actions.
“I think that’s extremely disrespectful, said the 21-year-old. “At the end of the day every fighter is looking for a knockout but to actually stand over a fighter as he is unconscious is just disgusting.
“I was angry inside when I saw it and I don’t even know the person.
“I’ve knocked people out and yeah, it’s great and sometimes you jump up and down, but to stand over someone when they are having a fit on the floor is just so disrespectful.”
By Dev Trehan, London