Russia's Evgeny Gradovich accused opponent Billy Dib of being a dirty fighter ahead of their IBF featherweight title fight in Macau on Sunday.
The fight, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event, is a rematch of their title bout in the United States in March, which Gradovich won by a split decision.
Both fighters had points deducted in that bout, and Australia's Dib has had points docked in three of his past four fights.
''He is a different kind of fighter and sometimes he is a dirty fighter,'' Gradovich said of Dib in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. ''If he wants to hold me I will wrestle because I know wrestling.''
Dib had points taken off in recent fights for holding, a low blow and holding while hitting. For a boxer whose fights usually go to a judges' decision, he recognized that such penalties were a losing proposition.
''Some of the points that have been deducted are questionable but I have cleaned up my game,'' Dib said. ''Fightin...