Deontay Wilder landed himself in hot water this weekend when the frustrated WBC heavyweight champion made an appearance on a morning radio show.
The 40-0 puncher, who has been thwarted in his attempts to land an undisputed battle with Anthony Joshua in 2018, has been doing the media rounds to vent his displeasure.
In one particular interview on The Breakfast Club morning show on Power 105.1 FM, Wilder went too far and is now set to be disciplined by the World Boxing Council panel.
Wilder, who once thought he’d killed an opponent in Artur Szpilka, shockingly stated he’d like to finish the job against another challenger in the future.
“I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do,” Wilder told the show, speaking of himself as a different personality inside the ropes.
“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 added.
The comments are obviously from a man highly disappointed at being frozen out of the heavyweight division by Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn, although there is no place for these kind of statements in boxing.
Deaths have been an all too common occurrence recently, especially in the UK, following the tragic losses of Mike Towell and Scott Westgarth. Wilder’s comments were highly insensitive and completely unnecessary.
What measures Mauricio Sulaiman will are as yet unknown but the WBC President was clearly unhappy when addressing the out-of-character statement.
“This is a serious report which cannot go unattended and if true goes against the WBC code of ethics,” said Sulaiman.
“It’s not acceptable and the WBC disciplinary committee will look into this delicate matter.
“I have known Deontay Wilder for a long time, I respect him and do not believe he could say that he wants to kill someone in the ring,” he added.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay