WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has defended his comments on “trying to get a body on my record”.
Deontay Wilder stunned the boxing world when he stated that boxing was ‘the only sport where it is legal to kill a man and you get paid for doing it, so why not exercise my right to do so’.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39KO’s) made the comments in the build up to his title defense against Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18KO’s), the ninth time he is defending his version of the world title.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has since faced an online backlash, including from former world champions Tony Bellew, Jonny Nelson. Paulie Mailignaggi and Lennox Lewis, amongst others involved in the sport.
This was just a day before the pair met at the final press conference, in which Deontay Wilder again released a brutal tirade of threats against Breazeale which ended in a heated exchange between the two.
The undefeated Wilder appeared to not be remorseful about any of his comments, even firing back via Twitter on people who were offended by his choice words, gaining even more stick online.
However, it seems that the Bronze Bomber’s comments will not go unpunished and the WBC will hold a meeting about his behaviour. Most people believe no further action will not happen as they are too lenient.
I have seen Deontay Wilder’s 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 hearingMauricio Sulaiman, WBC President
As of now, the champion has not apoligised for his controversial comments, saying; ‘I say what I please, I speak what I feel’ when asked by reporter Stephen A. Smith in response to his thoughts on the WBC’s planned hearing.
Wilder fights Breazeale at the Brooklyn Centre in the early hours of Sunday Morning, UK time, and will look to secure a rematch with Tyson Fury or an undisputed title fight with unified champion Anthony Joshua.