Should Deontay Wilder be stripped of his title? | The Tylt
Undefeated boxer Deontay Wilder has wowed crowds with his knockouts, but he makes more shockwaves with his mouth outside of the ring. Before his fight with Dominic Breazeale, he talked about exercising his right to "kill a man and get paid for it," setting social media on fire discussing whether his comments were appropriate. Many feel his brand of promotion has no place in the sport and he should be stripped of his WBC heavyweight title. Others say he's playing a character that generates interest and entertainment. What do you think? 🥊
Should Deontay Wilder be stripped of his title?
Deontay Wilder basically ran a WWE promo before his fight with Dominic Breazeale, saying he wants a body on his record and that boxing is the only place where you can legally murder someone and get paid for it.
His words are still stirring a very hot pot on social media. Is this the kind of press that's good for the sport?
There's a difference between promoting a fight and advocating for murder. That is not what boxing is about nor what it represents. Wilder's statements are harmful to the sport and should not be taken lightly by any division.
Wilder seems to think that the only way to promote a fight is by bastardizing the spirit of boxing. The sport has taught so many the value of toughness and tenacity while being able to defend yourself. Murder is never a component in that.
Wilder should be heavily punished for what he said.
Boxing fans now seem to have short memories. Mike Tyson once threatened to eat Lennox Lewis' children and everyone just chalked it up to Tyson being Tyson. But now that Deontay Wilder is saying something to promote a fight, it's all of a sudden a problem?
By most accounts, Wilder is a good dude. He fights for his daughter who was born with spina bifida, a birth defect where the backbone does not fully develop. Anything controversial he says brings more eyes to the sport and whatever fight he's in—like what most great boxers do.
No one should be stripped of a title because of that.