BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is well-known for speaking his mind, but this time he might have said too much.
Just days before his title defense against Dominic Breazeale, Wilder took boxing’s notable trash talk to a new level when he said, “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it. It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”
Wilder, according to Ring Magazine writer Ryan Songalia, went on to say Breazeale’s “life is on the line for this fight, and I do mean his life.”
These comments are just the latest comments from Wilder that could be viewed as extreme. On a recent Showtime Boxing promo, Wilder advised Breazeale not bring his children to the fight. He added, “My occupation consists of putting people in the hospital.”
Wilder’s comment caught the attention of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, who tweeted Thursday that the boxer’s comments are “regrettable” and “completely against the spirit of our sport.”
Sulaiman’s tweet says Wilder’s “metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing.” Details of the hearing or any other information regarding Wilder’s comments have been released.
This isn’t the first time Wilder has made headlines for specific comments about potentially killing opponents.
As a guest on The Breakfast Club in 2015, Wilder announced, “I want a body on my record. I want one, I want one, I really do." He went on to say, “I thought I had one one time, like I said, with Szpilka, because he wasn’t breaking when he hit the canvas," referencing his brutal knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016.
Wilder fights Breazeale on May 18. Coverage begins at 9 p.m.