Dominic Breazeale has brushed off Deontay Wilder’s death threat ahead of their world title clash.
Wilder will defend his belts against mandatory challenger Breazeale on May 18 and then expected to take on Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki later this year.
Breazeale has teamed up with legendary trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of the fight and says he is in perfect shape to take his chance with both hands.
Wilder has threatened to kill Breazeale in their heavyweight clash.
“This is the only sport in the world where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time, so why not use my right to do so?” said Wilder. “Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t ask for this, he asked for me. If it comes, it comes. This is a brutal sport.”
However, Breazeale is unperturbed.
“I’ve been staying away from the social media stuff, I’ve been staying away from the interviews and things, Wilder has been saying some crazy stuff. I don’t think he means it,” he said. “I think he’s in a situation where he’s got to talk and talk and talk until he finally feels comfortable with that he’s doing. He’s got to build himself up just so he’s able to feel like he can do this. I haven’t looked at it the way most people have looked at it. I know he said he wanted a body on his record and he wanted to kill me, or whatever may be, let him say all he wants to say.That’s like a little Chihuahua barking at the fence and as soon as the fence gets opened up he’s like, ‘Damn, what do I do now?’ So come Saturday night, man on man, one on one, we’re going to square off. You’ve got to do what you’ve been saying you’re going to do.”