Deontay Wilder has a simple solution for those who feel squeamish about his menacing rhetoric ahead of his scheduled heavyweight trilogy against Tyson Fury on July 24 in Las Vegas. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
The former heavyweight champion from Alabama has drawn flak, in the past, for glibly using phrases like “catching a body” (slang for murder) or “going out on my shield.” In a recent extended Instagram Live interview with ring announcer Ray Flores on the Premier Boxing Champions account, Wilder suggests he is not about to shy away from using such brazen language anytime soon.
“If your stomach can’t digest what your eyes about to see, don’t come to my fights. Don’t watch my fights,” said Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs). “Because I mean blood, and I’m out for blood.”
Wilder is also apparently fine if it is his own blood that becomes the subject of peril on July 24.
That should be no surprise given that Wilder fired his longtime co-trainer, Mark Breland, for throwing in the towel in the seventh round of his rematch against Fury. Wilder was incensed because he made it clear that no one on his team was allowed to intervene on his behalf under any circumstances. The move to give Breland the boot prompted a firestorm of criticism from the fans and the media, many of whom suggested that Breland had done the right thing and that by halting the bout, not only had Wilder’s career been preserved but so, too, his ability to be a father to his eight children.
But Wilder evidently could care less about the public’s supposed sympathy.
“I tell everybody don’t worry about my health, don’t worry about my children,” Wilder said. “Because, at the end of the day, if something happens to me, you motherf---- aren’t going to do anything for my kids. Let’s be real. Let’s be honest. It’s good to be optimistic and modest about, [mockingly] ‘Hey, let’s talk about the kids and stuff,’ but at the end of the day you’re not [going to help]. That’s why I handle my business not only inside the ring and outside as well. My children will be richer than a lot of us. Even me. Because I’ve laid down the foundation that allowed them to be great, while I’m here and while I’m gone.
“I don’t want people to worry about nothing that I do. I said I will go out on my shield. If I die, I’d rather die doing something that I love doing. Point blank, period. Everybody that knows me you know you don’t throw no towel in on no Deontay Wilder. Because the fight ain’t over until it’s over.”
Of course, Wilder has no intention of replaying the same scenario from his previous fight against Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) last February. Wilder, who has been training with former heavyweight contender – and former Wilder opponent – Malik Scott, says all the built-up animus from the past year is making him itch for an especially violent response.
“My mind is very violent,” said Wilder. “We built a whole [training] facility to commit a legal homicide. My mind is very violent. I cannot wait. When you contemplating and premeditating about harming a man and when you see that person, what you’ve been thinking and what you’ve been feeling will come out. The only thing about it is that I have to wait until I get in the ring, I can’t do it on the outside, it would be defeating the purpose.”