In combat sports it is common for fighters to trash talk to each other in anticipation for upcoming fights. However, Deontay Wilder has taken some heat for his latest comments to the American, Dominic Breazeale about their upcoming bout. Last week Wilder told his rival that he should “prepare to make funeral arrangments” but as if this was enough last evening in an interview he clearly stated he wants to Kill Breazeale in the ring so he can get away with it.
“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? If it happens it happens“
Promoter Eddie Hearn has lashed out at DW saying that his comments are not only brutal and but it is “bad for the sport”, trying or even wanting to kill someone. Earlier in March in responding to his thoughts about Wilder Tony Bellew called him a “disgrace and senseless idiot”
However, even with all the backlash, Wilder has stood by his comments about preparing for a funeral and wanting to kill someone in the ring so he can legally get away with it. We don’t know if this is to strike fear into his opponent heart but in combat sports comments like this has to be taken seriously as fighters have died before in the ring.
Just last year lightweight boxer Scott Westgrath died from injuries he sustained from his victory fight with Dec Spelman. Italian Christian Daghio after spending two days in a coma died from injuries he sustained during WBC Asia title fight against Don Parueang. Maybe Wilder is trying to find a way to be remembered even though his methods may not be the best way of creating a legacy.
Some in the boxing arena and combats sports have responded furiously to Wilder comments
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