Deontay Wilder agrees with Evander Holyfield’s policy of handing out prison sentences for those caught deliberately using performance enhancing drugs in the sport.
The current WBC heavyweight champion, who has always been an advocate for clean boxing, appeared on the same show as Holyfield to uphold the legend’s point on PED’s.
Holyfield had said: “Put people in jail for 30 days. Stop it then.
“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.”
On the matter, Wilder told SiriusXM’s Boxing Radio show: “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.
“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.
“As long as we have money involved, when we have the politics and all that involved, nothing’s gonna be done about it,” he added.
There could now be a change in the tide following high-profile failures such as Canelo Alvarez and Luis Ortiz recently, both of whom laid the blame elsewhere.
Ortiz was back in action within months after citing medication for his adverse finding, whilst Canelo has stated his result was solely down to contaminated meat in his native Mexico.