Deontay Wilder reacts to Evander Holyfield's claim drug cheats should go to jail


Deontay Wilder has sided with four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in claiming that drug cheats in boxing should go to jail.

The Bronze Bomber, 32, faced Luis Ortiz as his last opponent on January 23 and knocked him out in 10 rounds.

Controversially, the Cuban failed a drugs test in September prior to the fight, testing positive for the banned substances in September.

Wilder explained: “I’ve said multiple times over and over again what I feel.

"These sanctioning bodies – they’re getting money off of those belts. That’s why they keep bringing these guys back.

"Money rules boxing. It’s just sad that this stuff is going on in boxing – that these guys need to do these kinds of things to have a come-up – to get an edge over these fighters."

Wilder at 32 has held the WBC heavyweight title belt since 2015 and boasts an outstanding record of 40 wins with 39 knockouts. The American, who looks set to fight Anthony Joshua later this year, definitely feels he's earned his status on merit and has shunned those who seek title belts dishonestly.

"We risk our lives in the ring anyway – now you’re putting something in your body that gives you even more bodily damage that will be applied to me.

"They should go to jail. Anybody that’s cheating in boxing, they should just go to jail. That’ll cut it out.

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"As long as we have money involved, when we have the politics and all that involved, nothing’s gonna be done about it," he concluded.

Another latest drugs controversy recently was Canelo Alvarez, who tested positive for trace levels of a performance-enhancing drug prior to his rematch with Gennady Golovkin.

Wilder's claims also come after former undisputed heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield shunned boxing drugs cheats.

Hoyfeld claimed: “Put people in jail for 30 days. Stop it then.

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"You’re touching drugs – they suspend you and it costs you money. They talk about “get over it.”

"That don’t really work because somebody, one of them fighters, who trains real hard their whole life.

"People don’t know how bad it hurts people when they get robbed. That’s what boxing is.

"Some people don’t have a lot of people following them but that doesn’t mean they’re not a great fighter.”

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