Deontay Wilder’s comments ahead of his Brooklyn showdown against Dominic Breazeale have earned him some harsh words from the president of the WBC.
Wilder caught quite a bit of criticism for claiming in the past that he would like to embellish his own notoriety with a death on his record.
In the lead-up to his showdown against top divisional contender Breazeale this weekend, he went one step further – by outlining his desire to exercise his right to kill his opponent in the ring on Saturday night.
“Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t go seek him. He [sought] me. So if it comes it comes. This is a brutal sport. This is not a gentleman sport.
“We don’t ask to hit each other in the face but we do anyway. And you can ask any doctor around the world, he will tell you, your head is not meant to be hit.
“On this particular time we have bad blood against each other. 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?” (via Ryan Songalia)
Deontay Wilder says it's legal in boxing to "kill a man and get paid for it at the same time … so why not use my right to do so?"
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 15, 2019
Now, the president of the organisation in which Wilder holds a title, the WBC, has come forth with both a warning and a condemnation of his comments.
Speaking via his official Twitter page, Mauricio Sulaiman made it known that the persona that The Bronze Bomber is portraying with comments like those is not consistent with the man he himself has come to know behind closed doors.
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
As of right now, Wilder or his team have yet to make any comments, although Deontay did tweet the following – which was no doubt a response to some of the backlash levelled at him.
There’s One Thing I Cannot Stand And That’s Some Sensitive Butt Hurt Ass People!
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 17, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena