First comes the smack talk, then comes the punching.
Last week, after a sparring session in Toronto, South African boxer Takalani Ndlovu referred to Canada's Steve Molitor by using a profane vulgarity, while promising to lay a beating on his opponent when the two meet on Saturday at Casino Rama for the vacant IBF world junior featherweight title.
On Tuesday, prior to a workout in Mississauga, Molitor refused to partake in a war of words against Ndlovu, who he defeated via ninth-round TKO back in 2007.
"We had a 'f--- you' session back in 2007 and it didn't work out too well for him then," said Molitor. "Talk is cheap. That just goes to show how scared and nervous he is, that he has to try to intimidate me."
But after a few seconds of deep contemplation, Molitor couldn't resist a little verbal payback.
"I've walked through hell and high water to get to where am I today, and I'm not going to be afraid of this little bitch," Molitor said.