The World Boxing Council president says that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has apologised for the comment that he wanted a body on his record.
That comment rightly brought down a heavy load of criticism on the heavyweight’s head, especially given the fact boxers can die in the ring due to head injuries, as was the case with Scott Westhgarth recently.
Wilder had said: “I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do. That’s the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ he wants one. I always tell people, when I’m in the ring, like I’m the ‘Bronze Bomber.’
“Everything about me changes. I don’t get nervous, I don’t get scared, I don’t get butterflies, I don’t have no feelings towards the man I’m gonna fight.
“I come here for one thing, and that’s to knock you out and go back home. The power that I have, man; it’s easy to be able to do so. My power is so crazy that I don’t even know the (strength) of it.
“I can only imagine me getting into a fight in the street. It’d be crazy. If I’m putting on 10-ounce gloves and hitting guys like I hit Szpilka, when I came here in Brooklyn and fought him, he was dead three to five seconds. Just imagine. That’s what I don’t condone — violence outside the ring. I don’t wanna see it.
“(My hand) is registered. It’s just like having a pistol for me. If I’m at harm, or harm come at me and threaten me, I have the right to defend myself,” he concluded.
Wilder attracted a lot of controversy for this remark, with Charlamagne tha God, who conducted the interview, likening what he said to Dolph Lundegren’s Ivan Drago character from Rocky IV.
That’s because Wilder, who holds a 40-0 record, with 39 KOs, was presented as the Baddest Man On The Planet by certified fight fan Charlamagne, and he tried to live up to the designation. “The world’s most dangerous heavyweight,” Char called Wilder.
While boxing fans and pundits alike have learned to expect nothing less than intense trash talk from Wilder, others believe he should exercise caution.
Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, has commented on the matter after speaking to Wilder himself.
“When I say if I do this, my Mother is going to kill me. Of course, she isn’t going to kill me, but it’s a statement,” he explained.
“Deontay is very sorry about how this all transpired and how it was taken and he’s going to take immediate action about that.”
Turning to the prospect of Wilder vs Anthony Joshua, he said: “That’s what we want to see…two undefeated champions.
“If you look at their KO ratio it’s absolutely outstanding. This is a dream fight and let’s hope it happens.”