Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte have exchanged insults as the Bronze Bomber prepares for his trilogy rematch against Tyson Fury.
Fury will put his WBC title on the line on July 24 in Las Vegas in a fight that derailed the expected clash between Fury and Anthony Joshua, which appeared set to decide the title of the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Wilder made it clear that he could turn his attention to Whyte after the Fury fight.
“Dillian Whyte could have got this work," Wilder said.
"He ain't nothing but s— to my toilet paper, that I flushed a year ago. But let him keep fighting. Keep going mate. Soon we shall see each other once more and see that he grow some type of balls.
"It doesn't matter to me what he said to me. Silence is golden. It's just like having many roaches and when you put that light on, they are going to scatter. You are going to kill some, but some of them are going to go get free. The ones that get free, you can only hope to get them when you put the lights on again. Run roach run.
"He is the bottom of my feet, the scum between my toes. That's what I look at him."
Whyte in turn came out with his own string of insults for Wilder.
"Deontay Wilder is confused. He's a very confused, deluded boy," he said.
"That's what he does, he tries to use these words to confuse people. He just talks s— the whole time. When you ask him a question that he can't answer, because he's not smart enough or eloquent enough to answer, he just spins a web of talking s— to distract from the fact that he's a w—er basically.
"He will never fight me, he's a coward. He'll make excuses. 'Oh, keep fighting, this, that and whatever.' He should say, 'I'll knock out Dillian Whyte,' that's what he should be saying. I wouldn't be saying, 'Oh keep fighting mate.' He's just a first-class w—er.
"It's a shame that Tyson Fury is going to beat him again and then I won't get to fight him. He'll retire, run into the abyss and never be seen again."