Dereck Chisora has fired early warning shots at Dillian Whyte ahead of their bout on December 22.
Battling back from Chisora's comments, the pair spoke on Sky Sports' 'The Gloves Are Off' programme which is due to air in the rematch's build-up.
The 34-year-old is set to take on Whyte two years after he was beaten in an enthralling encounter divided only by a split decision.
Whoever wins the bout in December will take pole position to take on Anthony Joshua on April 13.
Whyte, who aims to take revenge for his 2015 defeat to the world champion, has been warned by Chisora ahead of the duo's meet-up before Christmas.
"You're telling me you can't wait another five or six months to fight AJ?," Chisora said.
"It's right there, the golden gates are already open, saying 'come in, my son'.
"Guess what though, they don't want you to be sitting and waiting, they don't want to give you the fight."
Chisora does raise a good point with his comments.
Should Whyte lose in December, he's basically thrown away a guaranteed fight with Joshua, which begs the question, why is he taking the risk of fighting next month?
Whyte has won four fights since his win over Chisora and responded by suggesting that by fighting now he'll be better prepared for a potential bout with AJ.
"What am I going to sit around and wait for? That's the mistake I made last time; I waited two years then went in there and fought him."
The pair continued to exchange comments after filming, but there was no repeat of the unsavoury sources of 2016, when Chisora threw water at his opponent.
Later, Chisora predicted an entertaining battle on Sky Sports News.
"It's going to be explosive, and it's going to be better than the first one, I believe," he said.
"Everything was happening. You would get tired, you would come back but this time we will not get tired.
"This time it's going to be a moving train.
"For the first one, there was a game plan, but by the time I got in the right, it'd gone out already.
"It's a different aggression now." he continued. "It won't be hatred aggression, it will be more [about] bringing happiness to the fans who bought tickets, or watched me fight."