Boxing star Deontay Wilder promoted his WBC Heavyweight title defense against Dominic Breazeale at a different level on Wednesday.
Wilder, whose fight against Breazeale on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, spoke of Breazeale's possible death in the ring during the fight.
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"It's the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do it? "Wilder told the press.
In another interview with USA Today, Wilder continued to improve his speech.
"If he dies, he dies," said Wilder about Breazeale. "It's boxing. It's not a gentleman's sport. It's a gladiator sport. And with the bad blood, we know that I have power. "
Wilder told USA Today that the conflict between him and Breazeale came from an event that occurred in February 2017. Wilder won the fight against Gerald Washington, for whom Breazeale was rooting. Wilder stated that Breazeale had sent threats to his brother.
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"He told my brother, and this was confirmed by other people present, that Breazeale said," I am going to kill you. If my family was not there, I would kill you and your entire family, "said Wilder. "And I do not take threats lightly."
Wilder stated that he had confronted Breazeale about the incident and that the rivalry only worsened.
Breazeale downplayed Wilder's comments, according to Boxing News 24.
"Wilder said crazy things. I do not think he's really thinking it, "said Breazeale. "I think he's in a situation where he has to talk, because he's not comfortable with what he's doing. He needs to reinforce himself by saying, "I'm going to do that and I'm going to do it." I know that he can not have a body in his file. Let him say what he wants. It's like a little Chihuahua barking and barking. He says, "Good God, what now?" Come Saturday night, you have to do what you said you were going to do. "
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Wilder claims a record of 40-0-1 with 39 knockouts. Breazeale is 20-1 with 18 knockouts.
Associated Press contributed to this report.