British heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte has slammed the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder after his latest set of bizarre comments from the American.
Since talks of a Wilder rematch with Tyson Fury broke down, it has been confirmed that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will fight mandatory challenger, Dominic Breazeale on May 18th in a bout he is heavily expected to win.
Wilder has won 39 of his 41 fights by knockout and the odds on him being victorious via that method are low again.
However, it’s the undefeated American’s comments that have sparked controversy. In a recent interview, Wilder admitted he would have 'no remorse' if his opponent passed away during the fight, having previously expressed a desire to get 'a body' on his record.
Whyte, who has himself been looking for a big fight of late having failed to secure a date with Anthony Joshua, could be in line to face the winner of the contest.
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The ‘Body Snatcher’ has responded to Wilder’s claims though and has played it off as him being nervous.
“Wilder again saying, ‘I can hear your heartbeat. I’m a killer, you’ve never been in front of a killer before’. What are you talking about? This is boxing, you’re not a killer. You’re not some hitman. It’s boxing. The guy is stupid,” said Whyte, per Boxing Scene.
“Wilder is a crackhead. Crackheads say crackhead-like things and do crackhead-like things. They’re desperate, they do desperate stuff, say desperate stuff and that’s why Wilder is a crackhead.
"He’s scared. He needs to say these things to himself to get his confidence up, he’s basically talking to himself."
“When someone’s scared and nervous, they say erratic things and say things they don’t mean. He puts on this massive ‘Bronze Bomber’ persona and he shouts and he’s loud, it’s just to give himself self-esteem. He’s scared and he doesn’t know what to say, just like crackheads do.”
Who knows whether Whyte means these comments or whether he’s just trying to spice up a potential fight with Wilder but the heavyweight division is certainly getting fiery once again.