Plenty of chatter in buildup to Sydney fight

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2014
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It's been a battle of mind games for light heavyweight boxers Robbie Berridge and Kerry Foley over the past couple of days as they eye a showdown in Sydney on February 19.

The pair have spent this week on a promotional campaign for the fight and baiting each other where they can.

The bad blood stems back to 2011 when the two fought out a controversial draw and three years later they are ready to settle the score.

Both have experienced more time together this week than that they would have like and the confident Australian joked yesterday, when they were in Invercargill, that he felt he had won the mental battle over Berridge.

He suggested Berridge had taken the staunch and standoff approach in the past couple of days but Foley felt he had worn that image down.

"He's tried to be Mr Toughman, he's got no personality, mate. He's a house plant, he's boring to be honest," Foley said.

"But I think I've broken him, he's started to talk a bit and he's started to laugh and crack a few jokes. He tried to do the whole tough guy thing, I thought you can't do this for three days when you're with someone, it's just not going to work," Foley said.

"He's not the funniest man alive, he hasn't got many comebacks."

Berridge admits he hadn't really enjoy spending so much time with Foley in recent days and just wanted to get on with the job at hand and that's winning the fight.

"Your in each others faces all the time, in airports, in taxis, I don't like it much," Berridge said.

"He jokes around a lot, I'm not much of a joker. I just want to bash his head in."

There is plenty on the line with the victor expected to have doors open on the world scene in the future while the loser will have a big black mark to contend with.

The Berridge-Foley showdown will be part of the undercard to the Daniel Geale-Garth Wood middleweight fight and rugby league star Paul Gallen will also make his debut on the same card.

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