There is plenty of bad blood ahead of WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s upcoming title defence against British boxer Dominic Breazeale this weekend.
The pair have been at each other’s throats for a while now and with their New York City title bout just days away, the build took a nasty turn thanks to the chilling comments of Wilder.
The Bronze Bomber, who has previously outlined that he wants a “body on his record” expressed his desire to exercise his “legal right” to “kill a man” in the ring when he squares off with Breazeale.
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
“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?”
Wilder has not fought since defending his title in a war with Tyson Fury in December and is the heavy favourite going into the bout with Breazeale, the mandatory challenger.
The champ has understandably come under fire from many in the boxing community after his comments, but his opponent Breazeale feels that Wilder doesn’t really mean his threats.
“I’ve been staying away from the social media stuff, I’ve been staying away from the interviews and things, Wilder has been saying some crazy stuff. I don’t think he means it,” he said.
“I think he’s in a situation where he’s got to talk and talk and talk until he finally feels comfortable with what he’s doing. He’s got to build himself up just so he’s able to feel like he can do this.
“I haven’t looked at it the way most people have looked at it. I know he said he wanted a body on his record and he wanted to kill me, or whatever may be, let him say all he wants to say.
“That’s like a little Chihuahua barking at the fence and as soon as the fence gets opened up he’s like, ‘Damn, what do I do now?