In a week where grudge matches and feuds are taking centre stage on the British Isles, WBN looks at the most vocal trash talkers on the current UK roster.
As David Haye and Tony Bellew prepare for battle in London, and Ohara Davies readies himself to trade leather with Derry Mathews, fans have witnessed a spate of arguments and overheated comments which have threatened to boil over.
Here, World Boxing News look at the Top Five big mouths in an active (or semi-active) capacity hailing from Great Britain.
5. Billy Joe Saunders – Never one to hold back, current middleweight champion Saunders isn’t afraid to speak his mind when it comes to give an opponent or potential foe a piece of his mind.
Prior to his fight with Chris Eubank Jr, Saunders firmly gave as good as he got and continues to do so in his bid to unify the titles against Gennady Golovkin.
4. Ohara Davies – The WBC Silver super-lightweight champion burst onto the scene in 2016 and hasn’t stopped talking since. More recently, the Londoner held his own with a room full of staunch Tony Bellew and Derry Mathews fans in Liverpool, although did overstep the line with some of his comments.
3. Dillian Whyte – The hungry heavyweight has always been vocal in his bid to land massive domestic fights, having talked his way into a world title fight with Anthony Joshua. ‘The Villain’ is certainly heading the right way in the rankings, where being able to handle himself verbally will come in handy for getting him noticed at the top end.
2. Tony Bellew – Although he’s calmed down somewhat in recent years, you still don’t want to get on the wrong side of ‘The Bomber’ – especially if you have to share a ring with him. Bellew has clearly rattled David Haye on a number of occasions, but now faces the tough task of backing up those words come fight night.
1. Tyson Fury – Although he’s in a semi-retirement capacity, Tyson Fury remains the unchallenged and undisputed number one gabber in British Boxing, probably the world. The former unified heavyweight champion pulled Wladimir Klitschko’s trousers down (verbally) on several occasions prior to their meeting before taking the Ukrainian’s belts. Fury’s press conferences have become the stuff of legend and UK boxing will be all the more exciting once the ex-top division king returns.
Others considered were David Haye, Derry Mathews, Prince Patel, Dereck Chisora, George Groves, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.