Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale

Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight crown on the line against Dominic Breazeale on Sunday (AEST), unfazed by a storm of criticism following his vows to cause a death in the ring. Even by boxing’s lurid standards, where threats of violence are a stock-in-trade, Wilder’s gruesome pre-fight comments have been condemned by many in the sport as beyond the pale.
“His life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life,” Wilder said this week as he prepares for Saturday’s bout at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “I am still trying to get me a body on my record.
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Dominic Breazeale asked for this. 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...if he dies, he dies.”
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