Dominic Breazeale has brushed off Deontay Wilder’s death threat ahead of their world title clash.
Heavyweight champion Wilder has repeatedly claimed he wants a “body on his record”.
And as he prepares to defend his belt against fellow American Breazeale, he upped the ante.
“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.”
But Breazeale, who lost his first world title challenge against Anthony Joshua three years ago, 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.”
Breazeale also insisted he has learned from his defeat by Joshua.
“Losing to Anthony Joshua in 2016 was a huge stepping stone for my career,” he added.
“I learned so much about what I had been doing wrong. I didn’t do enough to get the win that night. I analyzed punch after punch and learned more from that loss than any win I had.”