Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) has fired back at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) for his recent statements.
Over the last few months, Wilder and Breazeale have been trading words in the press.
Wilder, who is clearly agitated by some of Breazeale's statements from the past, has created a lot of controversy by making their rivalry very personal with a comment about Breazeale's son.
Their rivalry first began in 2017, in the aftermath of Wilder's defense against Gerald Washington in February of that year at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
Breazeale fought on the undercard in a Fight of The Year candidate when he knocked out undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in the fifth round of a wild brawl.
At some point during the event, some words were exchanged at ringside between Breazeale and Wilder's brother. The tension then blew over to a hotel lobby, where a scuffle broke out.
Breazeale, who filed an actual lawsuit over the incident, claimed in the legal documents that he was going back to his hotel room when Wilder and his entourage attacked him without provocation.
"We already know what Dominic Breazeale is doing. He’s trying to talk me into fighting him - which is not working. My mind is already made up on that Breazeale fight, and when it do happen I'm gonna make sure he brings his son on the stage to look the man in the eye that’s gonna cripple his daddy,” Wilder told Fighthype.com.
Breazeale took to social media to respond to Wilder's comments.
“Wider, you ain’t sh*t. For one man to talk about another man’s son and to talk about crippling a man in the ring, you ain’t nothing. You got the heavyweight championship, that’s about it. Outside of that - two wives, three girlfriends, three kids you know about, a disabled child, kids on the side, your life is all f***ed up," Breazeale said.
“You want to come at me with some bullsh*t. Be a man, step up, get the paperwork done, send the contract over. You and I, we can square this off in the ring and you’ll lose the only thing you’ve ever had good in your life. My revenge is coming.”
In November of 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Breazeale knocked out Eric Molina to become the mandatory challenger to Wilder's title. Wilder fought in the main event, when he blew away Bermane Stiverne in one round.
Wilder is currently close to a deal to fight former unified world champion Tyson Fury in the fall.