Sunderland fighter Kirk Goodings will shut up Hartlepool and Fishburn boxer Gary Fox

CHALLENGER: Gary Fox

CHALLENGER: Gary Fox

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KIRK Goodings says he will let his fists do the talking when he gets into the ring against mouthy challenger Gary Fox

The English lightweight champion has been stung by the taunting of Fishburn scrapper Fox, who reckons he will give Goodings “the biggest hiding of his life” when they meet up at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

But the Sunderland champion has refused to get dragged into a war of words ahead of the first defence of his English lightweight crown.

“To be honest, I saw what he said and I’ve got no intention of responding to it,” Goodings told SportMail.

“To me, when people say things like that, it always suggests they’re scared and are just trying to talk themselves up.

“I’ve never gone down that road and I never will.

“I’m just going to let my boxing speak for me when we get into the ring.

“When it’s just me and him facing each other inside the ring this weekend, he’ll realise words are useless.

“In the ring, it’s all about who is the best boxer, the best fighter, and I’m completely confident I’m going to beat Fox.”

Goodings is favourite to win the 10-rounder on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Martin Ward IBF bantamweight confrontation, though Fox told SpiortMail yesterday that he planned to upset the odds.

Goodings, though, who won the title last October in another North East derby – a landslide points triumph over Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott, said: “Training has gone well, I’m in great shape mentally and physically.

“There’s only going to be one winner, and that’s me.”