Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more recently David Haye and Tyson Fury have all been hailed kings of trash talk, but sometimes fighters can take it all a little too far.
Ultimate Boxxer has compiled four moments that stretched the sporting tradition to its very boundaries.
4. Deontay Wilder: “I want a body on my record.”
Over in the US, November 2017 saw the now 39-bout undefeated WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder promise to kill Bermane Stiverne during their title rematch.
He retaliated to Stiverne’s claim that he’s a ‘killer’ by boasting: “Somebody will die in that ring come November 4th, I promise.
“I want a body on my record anyway. I want to put a body there.
“I beat him to within an inch of his life the first time, this time I’m going to end his life.”
It only took Wilder a round to get the job done that night, although it wasn’t quite the fatality he was hoping for.
3. Ohara Davies: “My favourite paper is The Sun.”
Twitter has given boxing’s loudmouths an alternative platform to spout their trash talk, but Ohara Davies used it to overstep the mark on December 29, 2017.
The WBA international super-lightweight champion tweeted prospective opponent and The Sun critic, Tommy Coyle: “After I knock you out, my first interview will be with the Sun #BuyTheSun.”
He also tweeted to his followers: “The Sun is my favourite newspaper… I will wear their logo on my shorts and they will work with Eddie Hearn to promote my fight one day.”
Hull-born Coyle is one of many fighters in opposition to the newspaper due to its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 which killed 96 Liverpool fans.
His promoter Eddie Hearn has since removed the 25-year-old from his bill at the 02 Arena on February 3, and trainer Tony Simms has parted way with OD despite numerous apologies.
2. Floyd Mayweather: “I’ll make that mother F***** make me sushi.”
Five years prior to Floyd Mayweather’s UD victory over Manny Pacquiao in what was labelled the fight of the century, Mayweather was caught in a trash talk race storm.
After failed fight negotiations in 2010, the American posted a 10-minute Ustream video directed at Pacquiao saying: “We’re going to cook that little yellow chump.”
“Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that mother f***** make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”
Mayweather publicly apologised two days later after thousands signed an online petition calling for him to be dropped by his sponsors.
1. Mike Tyson: “I want to eat his children.”
This list wouldn’t be complete without a Mike Tyson outburst, and the claim he wanted to eat Lennox Lewis’ non-existent children has to make it.
In an interview after Tyson’s 38-second TKO victory against Lou Savarese in 2000, he set his sights on the then WBC and IBF world heavyweight champion, saying: “I’m coming for you.”
“My style is impetuous, my defence is impregnable, and I’m just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children.”
Tyson fought Lewis two years later, with Lewis forcing a stoppage after eight one-sided rounds, keeping his future children safe from Tyson’s jaws.
So that sums up Ultimate Boxxer’s top four times trash talk overstepped the mark.
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