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Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: WBC to address Wilder’s death threats in a hearing

The WBC pretend to be offended by Deontay Wilder’s shtick, saying he wants to kill Breazeale in the ring.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It appears the WBC has been called out on its history of hypocrisy, and is now making it known that they don’t stand for Deontay Wilder’s reckless talk about wanting to kill a man — Dominic Breazeale — inside the ring when they meet tomorrow night on Showtime.

Wilder’s been carrying on this shtick of wanting to ‘catch a body’ on his professional record for at least several fights now. Wilder publicly campaigning for a kill is generally thought to be distasteful because this is a sport where tragedies occasionally happen, and people do sometimes die. That’s of course not something anyone wants to see, per se, but this is a sport where the objective is to physically incapacitate your opponent via blunt force trauma.

But with Wilder being extremely vocal on every platform he appears on, expressing his intent to kill somebody, the WBC has finally been forced to play the PR game. Here’s what WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman had to say about it:

“I have seen Deontay Wilder’s comments, which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport,” Sulaiman wrote on social media. “I have known Wilder for a long time, and he is not the person he portrays in such comments. His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing.”

That said, Sulaiman provided no further details on when or where this hearing would take place and did not make himself available for further comments.

Wilder and Breazeale will go head-to-head in Showtime’s main event on Saturday night, with Wilder defending his WBC world heavyweight title.

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