Tony Bellew has blasted WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder over controversial comments ahead of his fight against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night.
The American made it clear he wanted a "body" on his record during a media day prior to fight night and stated: "Boxing is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal, so why not use my right to do so?"
Wilder and Breazeale will go at it at the Barclays Center in New York, where the former will once again defend his WBC title.
It's clear the mind games are in full flow and the fighters shared a bad-blooded final press conference on Thursday.
Although Wilder's wreckless comments must surely be an attempt to get into his opponent's head, former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew hasn't taken them lightly.
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He went onto talkSPORT's 'Drivetime' show and vented: “He’s a plant pot, that’s what he is. He’s a first-class plant pot… It’s absolutely disgusting what he’s saying.
"He’s an absolute moron of the highest order and he’s the one thing boxing doesn’t need right now.
"There are enough casualties in the boxing world, there are enough cheats in the boxing world with drugs, without this moron going on and saying the things he’s saying."
The 36-year-old Evertonian continued: "Let’s touch wood and pray to whoever’s listening that nothing happens at all to Dominic Breazeale. But could you imagine if something did? He’s got children. How’s he gonna explain that to Dominic Breazeale’s children?"
It's fair to say Wilder has taken Bellew's verbal attack with a pinch of salt, though, and has since reaffirmed his stance by stating he'll pay for Breazeale's funeral costs.
Now seems like a good time to recall David Haye's threats towards Bellew ahead of their clash in 2017, which could be why the retired boxer is so passionate about the topic.
Haye memorably promised he'd put Bellew into a coma before the fight, in which the latter defeated the odds to come out on top in a gritty battle.
To say Wilder vs Breazeale is eagerly-anticipated would be an understatement as we near the opening bell.News Now - Sport News