Andre Ward is eager to silence the doubters and demonstrate his credentials as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Ward faces WBO, WBA Super and IBF light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas this weekend, with both fighters putting their unbeaten records on the line.
Kovalev’s coach, John David Jackson, has claimed in the build-up to the bout that Ward’s best days are behind him after the American has had just four fights in the last four years.
But the 32-year-old has brushed off those remarks and vowed to do his talking in the ring.
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"It's interesting that the ones who are not getting in that ring are the ones that are doing the most talking," said Ward.
“They are not feeling those punches.
"That [the talk] is what a big fight is all about, we are not supposed to like each other. His side has been doing a lot of talking and that's fine, we love it, it's not our first rodeo.
"We don't always respond right away and sometimes our silence is misinterpreted as we don't understand or we don't get it.
“We get it, we watch, we take notes but, in the meantime we keep working, and then we produce come fight night, that is what we specialise in.
"All the talking is great, I love it but, know one thing, I am not taking no mess come Saturday night."