Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: Why it’s personal

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Dominic Breazeale predicts WBC champion Deontay Wilder will retire after their fight. (Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder talks dangerous game ahead of his world heavyweight title defense against Dominic Breazeale

There’s plenty of bad blood between the two boxers, who are set to fight for Wilder’s WBC world title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It goes back a couple of years and has simmered since, but Wilder has escalated things to an irresponsible level.

At last week’s press conference, the Bronze Bomber advised Breazeale to ‘make some funeral arrangements’ before taking the ring in two-months’ time.

Eddie Hearn has condemned the recent statements made by Deontay Wilder

Wilder has hurt dozens of people in his career, with 39 knockouts in 41 fights. His threats may be promotional bluster, but if something tragic were to happen in the ring or afterward, one has to wonder what he would say then.

“Everything that has gone on between us began that night in the hotel,” Wilder said referring to the fight which happened between them in the Westin hotel lobby in Birmingham, Alabama in 2017.

Wilder blamed Breazeale for causing the confrontation. Breazeale blames Wilder.

“I never had any problems with Breazeale leading up to that point. My main thing about it is this bogus story he’s trying to put out to the universe. He’s wanting people to feel sorry for him and his wife when he caused this. His wife was running around that hotel like a chicken with its head cut off. She didn’t know where her kids were. She can’t tell you where her kids were. I can, because they were with my brother. My brother was protecting her sons like they were my sons.

“But they want to bring this bogus story out that I had 20 goons. That’s where you know he’s lying when he said I had 20 goons with me. … All my guys are family. We come with respect, with dignity and pride. We come with great energy, but we think positive and we speak positive. We don’t tolerate negativity and we don’t tolerate no one disturbing our peace.”

Heading into the clash on Saturday, Wilder remains to be the favourite. A victory would set him up for more title fights and bigger paydays ahead.

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