Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: Death threat, WBC title, card, start time
Deontay Wilder has warned that Dominic Breazeale’s “life is on the line” when the pair clash this weekend.
In a sickening boast about getting “a body on my record”, Wilder has controversially stated that he believes boxing is “the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid at the same time”.
Wilder has upped his war of words ahead of Saturday’s WBC heavyweight showdown at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Breazeale appears confident he can strip Wilder of his crown after becoming the mandatory challenger.
But Wilder insists he intends to make Breazeale suffer, warning his rival that he is risking his life by stepping into the ring.
“Breazeale’s life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life. I am still trying to get me a body on my record,” Wilder said.
“This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It’s legal.
“Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t go seek him. He sought me. So if it comes it comes. This is a brutal sport, not a gentleman’s 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?”
Breazeale has an impressive boxing record winning 20 of his 21 fights, with 18 of those by knockout.
His one defeat came against Anthony Joshua in 2016, and he has since beaten the likes of Eric Molina and Carlos Negron.
Meanwhile, Wilder is unbeaten in 41 fights, winning 40 — 39 coming by KO — and drawing once in his last fight against Tyson Fury.
Many of Wilder’s rivals have condemned his remarks with promoter Eddie Hearn describing them as “disgusting”.
“A fighter lost his life here a couple of weeks ago,” Hearn said at the time.
“But I don’t think he (Wilder) really means that. He’s just a desperate man saying things to just try and get something going.
“He’s done the wrong thing … I think he’s lost his marbles. He doesn’t really mean that.”
British heavyweight Tony Bellew. meanwhile, blasted Wilder as a “senseless idiot”.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.
Originally published as ‘If he dies, he dies’: Champ’s ugly threat