Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte says Dominic Breazeale should forget about intimidation tactics ahead of their mooted fight for the spurious WBC interim title.
The winner of the fight will become the leading contender for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s full title.
Outspoken American contender Breazeale got into a heated confrontation with future unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua ahead of their world title clash in 2016 before being stopped in seven rounds.
“I don’t think he can intimidate me whatsoever by saying trouble is coming,” Whyte said to Sky Sports. “He is tough and he is durable, and he’s improved a lot. A big, strong guy, but I don’t care about all that.
“It’s all good him saying trouble is coming and whatever.
“The good thing is, he’s the mandatory, he’s a Ring Magazine top 10 fighter. He’ll be like the third or the fourth Ring top 10 fighter I’ve fought in the past year or so, it will be great.
“It will be a good person for me to knock out as well.”
The Brixton ‘Body Snatcher’ scored three significant wins last year, knocking out Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora and decisioning former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
Whyte, who has fought his last three bouts at London’s O2 Arena, says he isn’t averse to fighting on the road.
“Obviously in Britain would be good, but I don’t mind,” said Whyte. “I want to be world heavyweight champion. I want to fight in different places around the world.
“Britain is my base, my support is there, and I want to keep building and growing, but wherever the fight is, I’ll go and fight. I’m not one to start crying. I’ll fight wherever the fight is.”