Scott Quigg hasn't been interested in a war of words with Jono Carroll – instead he plans to let his fist do the talking to keep his world title dreams alive.
The Bury man takes on Dubliner Carroll in a tasty super-featherweight clash at Manchester Arena tonight.
Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Quigg has eyes on becoming a two-time world title holder later this year.
But first he must get past former fan Carroll who has gone from asking Quigg for selfies to slagging him off constantly on social media.
“It was after the Kiko Martinez fight in 2015 he was asking for pictures with me,” said Quigg.
“Fair enough if you look up to someone once and then you want to fight them because you've developed as a fighter yourself, but don't start talking nonsense.
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“I'm not about that. If you want to be about that then let's have a straightner outside. I am not into the bulls.
“He is talking nonsense. I know why he is doing it because he is giving himself confidence.
“If he doesn't act like a d then the walls start coming in on him.
“He's trying to build his own ego. You're saying all this and then lets get in the ring and back it up. My motivation I my motivation. I ain't going to get angry, I don't need someone to get under my skin to motivate me.
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“My motivation is that I'm a winner and I want to win, it doesn't matter who I'm fighting. The fear of losing motivates me, not him talking s***.”
Quigg, who has reunited with former trainer Joe Gallagher for this clash after putting a year of injury hell behind him, has only two defeats on his 39-fight record.
They came against Carl Frampton and Oscar Valdez.
And, although the Bury man is out for revenge against those two, he knows he has to get into a position where they need to fight him as he doesn't deserve a rematch yet.
He added: “I'd love a rematch with both of them. But they're on their path.
“They're both fighting for world titles, they're not going to be thinking about me.
“I need to get into a position where I've got a belt or a mandatory position so they are thinking about me.
“I have to gout there and put myself in that position.”
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