Deontay Wilder truly is in ‘Bronze Bomber’ mode ahead of his clash with Dominic Breazeale later this month.
The American is preparing for a mandatory defense of his WBC heavyweight title against a man he’s wanted to face for some time.
Wilder and Breazeale have history outside of the ring, something the 33 year-old is keen to address inside.
Breazeale is in for a world of hurt, according to Wilder, who is not playing around in training camp.
“When I take a fight personal, something magical is going to happen,” Wilder said. “I’ve been up at 2:00 AM, hitting the heavy bag for 12 rounds straight. And still breathing smoothly. This is going to be a disaster for Breazeale.
“Enjoy this one, because it’s going to be a massacre. May 18 will be a beautiful day for me. A beautiful day to see what I’m planning to do for the sport of boxing.
“No man who gets in the ring will be able to defeat Deontay Wilder. I hold the keys to the heavyweight division. No fighter is doing what I’m doing. I’m trying to give the fans something they’ve never seen before.”
On how he feels completing duties against the WBC stipulated challenger, Wilder added: “It’s always great to get a mandatory out of the way. They’re like flies buzzing in my ear.
“I just want to get them out of the way so I can do great things for the heavyweight division. I want one champion, one face, one name. But you need a lot of cooperation to make that happen.
“I want to prove to the world that I’m the best. That’s what I believe in my heart. Until someone proves me wrong, I will continue to believe that. Breazeale is the next man in line. I can’t wait for this one.
With New York his second home, Wilder is looking forward to a Barclays Center return.
“It’s a pleasure to be back here in Brooklyn. Barclays Center is very close to my heart. I’ve been here so many times and I have a real connection to this arena. I’ve had some of my most memorable moments in the ring here.
“I’m just going to show everyone on May 18. The way I feel right now, the fight could be this week. The champion must always be ready for whatever a challenger can bring.
“I hope he’s training his hardest. I’m glad he has Virgil Hunter on his side to show him something new. Every man I’ve faced; they’ve landed on the canvas. I’m going to continue to do that on May 18.”