Deontay Wilder has sent a brutal public message to Andy Ruiz Jr, the latest addition to the ever growing online back and forth between the two heavyweights.
The pair are currently involved in negotiations for a fight in the autumn, however as always seems to be the case with any heavyweight fight of note, talks have reached a stalemate.
In a video posted to his official social media, Wilder accused Ruiz of “acting scared” before claiming he wasn’t the one desperate to get the clash get made.
“Look Andy, we don’t have to go back and forth with all this talking bro. I know what the deal and the real is, and you do as well.
The only people who are mad is you guys. I didn’t call you, y’all called us. I didn’t harass you about fighting, you guys harassed us about fighting. We weren’t in a desperate need to fight, you guys were – or else you wouldn’t have called us up on the phone in the first place!
Now it’s time to put it all together, who’s acting scared? It ain’t me. Because what y’all are talking about is unreasonable, let’s face it.
If you want to see what a knockout feels like and get your brains splattered, holla at me!”
Wilder and Ruiz were ordered by the WBC at the start of the year to face off in a final eliminator – the winner being first in the queue for a shot at Tyson Fury’s world title.
However, things quickly went quiet on the all American match up and it had been assumed for months that it was dead in the water.
That has changed over the past few weeks, with Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott confirming a fresh offer had been sent to Ruiz and that “the ball was now in his court.
Wilder has been out of the ring since his one round obliteration of Robert Helenius last October, whilst Ruiz’ last outing took place a month earlier than that, when he outpointed Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz.