WBC to probe Deontay Wilder desire to cause ring death
LOS ANGELES, USA – The World Boxing Council has vowed to investigate heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder after he was quoted as saying he wanted to cause a death in a boxing ring.
In an interview with syndicated New York radio show, The Breakfast Club, Wilder triggered revulsion throughout boxing by saying he hoped to "have a body" on his record.
"I want a body on my record. I want one. I really do," Wilder said, referring to himself in his 'Bronze Bomber' ring persona.
"That's the 'Bronze Bomber'. He wants one. I always tell people that when I'm in the ring then I'm the 'Bronze Bomber' and with him, it's so crazy, I don't really care."
Here is the clip of Deontay Wilder saying he wants a body on his record . Why would you say such a thing’ disgusting pic.twitter.com/EdFamZtm8x— BOXING CORNER 24/7 (@boxingcorner247) March 31, 2018
"Everything about me changes. I don't get nervous. I don't get scared. I don't get butterflies. I don't have any feeling towards the other man in the fight."
Wilder, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, boasted that he believed he had almost achieved his goal during a 9th-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in 2016.
"The power that I have, it's easy to be able to do," Wilder said. "I thought I had one one time with Szpilka because he wasn't breathing when he hit the canvas. Somebody is going to go."
The heavyweight's remarks were greeted with disgust by fight fans on Twitter as well as British cruiserweight Tony Bellew.
If this is true? He’s a disgrace! A lot of fighters have a family there providing for so does this mean he wants to kill the father of a child? Senseless idiot! I didn’t have him down as this tbh.. When I met him last found him to be quite bright! Sad if it’s true. https://t.co/UISMyzEFhH— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) March 31, 2018
"If this is true, he's a disgrace!" Bellew wrote on Twitter. "A lot of fighters have a family they're providing for so does this mean he wants to kill the father of a child? Senseless idiot!"
Wilder's comments come barely a month after British boxing was left in mourning after the death of fighter Scott Westgarth.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman voiced dismay over Wilder's comments, and said the case would be referred to the organization's disciplinary committee.
"This is a serious report which cannot go unattended and if true goes against the WBC Boxing code of ethics," Sulaiman said on Twitter late on Friday, March 30.
"It's not acceptable and the WBC disciplinary committee will look into this delicate matter."
Wilder, 40-0, could be in line for an eventual unification bout against International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who defeated Joseph Parker via unanimous decision to win the World Boxing Organization belt Saturday, March 31. – Rappler.com