In a sport where some of its past exponents have paid the ultimate price while entertaining the viewing public, it can be difficult to find a plausible explanation for its existence at times.
Other sports have their dangers that can ultimately lead to deaths but the intention of every boxer is to end the fight at the earliest possible point by damaging their opponent. These are truths about the sport we love and are involved in that we have to defend.
When the current WBC Heavyweight champion of the world announces that ‘Breazeale’s life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life. I am still trying to get me a body on my record’ one has to wonder if to boost PPV sales and ultimately his own earnings, he is selling the sport that made him both a multi-millionaire and gave him fame, down the river.
Wilder went on to say ‘Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t go seek him. He sought me. So if it comes it comes. This is a brutal sport. This is not a gentleman sport.
‘We don’t ask to hit each other in the face but we do anyway. And you can ask any doctor around the world, he will tell you, your head is not meant to be hit.
‘On this particular time we have bad blood against each other. 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?’
In the build-up to a fight a boxer needs to get into a certain mindset, he needs to see himself as a monster, a destroyer, this is how he is able to bring the best of himself into the ring. If this is how Wilder needs to think during his preparations then that’s fine but he needs to keep those demons to himself, they should not be for public consumption.
Wilders comments have antagonised certain sections of boxing fans, even former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli reduced his description of Wilder to a 2 word expletive on Twitter.
To achieve the success that Wilder has, take’s vast amounts of discipline, I hope he utilizes that discipline to keep those thoughts to himself.
Wilder and Breazeale meet on Saturday 18th May at The Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York with Wilder’s WBC title on the line.