Deontay Wilder, left, fights Luis Ortiz during the third round of the WBC heavyweight championship bout in New York.
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Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight crown on the line against Dominic Breazeale Saturday, unfazed by a storm of criticism following his vows to cause a death in the ring. Even by boxing's lurid standards, where threats of violence are a stock-in-trade, Wilder's gruesome pre-fight comments have been condemned by many in the sport as beyond the pale.There is, however, undeniable bad blood between Wilder (40-0-1, 39 knockouts) and Breazeale (20-1, 18 knockouts), which can be traced back to a confrontation between the two fighters in early 2017 .A furious Wilder tracked down Breazeale, leading to a brawl involving the fighters' entourages.Wilder's grim trash-talking has appalled many in a sport which has seen an estimated 500 deaths since the Marquis of Queensberry Rules were first introduced in 1884 .
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