Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face a hearing for his talk of killing his opponent in the ring, but that didn’t stop him from keeping up the violent rhetoric on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Wilder referenced on multiple occasions killing Dominic Breazeale in the ring during Saturday’s title bout at the Barclay’s Center in New York.
Deontay Wilder is one of maybe seven people on earth where i believe every single word he says. pic.twitter.com/fQMhQW4BVm
— Kazeem Famuyide 🏁 (@RealLifeKaz) May 15, 2019
Wilder: ‘My right’ to kill a man
"Dominic Breazeale asked for this,” Wilder told reporters. “I didn't go seek him. He seek me. So if it comes it comes. This is a brutal sport. This is not a gentleman's sport. We don't ask to hit each other in the face but we does anyway. If you ask any doctor around the world, he'll tell you the head is not meant to be hit. Anybody can go.
“This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"
“If he dies, he dies,” Wilder said. “This is boxing. This is not a gentleman’s sport. This is a gladiator’s sport. And with bad blood, we know I possess the power.”
The two have bad blood stemming from an altercation in a hotel lobby in 2017 allegedly involving Breazeale’s wife and kids that ultimately led to police involvement and a lawsuit filed by Breazeale.
WBC rebukes Wilder for talk of killing
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman addressed the violent talk on Twitter Thursday, noting that Wilder violated the organization’s code of ethics and will face a hearing for his talk.
I have seen Deontay Wilder comments which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport. I have known Wilder for a long time and he is not the person he portrays in such comments. His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing
— Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) May 16, 2019
Wilder keeps talking
The threat of punitive action didn’t slow Wilder from keeping up the violent talk during Thursday’ final media conference promoting the fight.
"I want to hurt Breazeale so bad,” Wilder told reporters. “So bad, my blood is boiling right now. I can barely keep my composure right now. ... You better gather around your loved ones.
“You all better gather around him tonight because come Saturday night he may not be able to talk to you. Trust me. You know I don't play no games."
Dual motivation for violent talk?
While the animosity appears to be real in a sport where strong men compete to inflict violence on each other, Wilder hinted at what may be the true underlying motivation behind his talk of brutality in an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.
“Actions speak louder than words, so don’t be mad because I say it,” Wilder said. “It’s a brutal sport. You guys love it because you know.
“If I say I’m going to kill a man, everybody’s going to tune in to see what happens.”
Here’s guessing Wilder’s picked up a few more viewers Saturday with his fight promotion.
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