REGARDLESS of how it is packaged and presented, whenever a fighter says they plan on “killing” their opponent on fight night it’s rarely a comment well-received.
Insensitive, immature and cruel, it brings the sport into disrepute and, worse, comes with a horrible sense of foreboding. If, for example, the worst was to happen, what would be the reaction be then? How would the fighter responsible feel if their premonition came true?
Deontay Wilder, the WBC world heavyweight champion, has talked about killing Dominic Breazeale, his May 18 opponent, more than once in the build up to their fight. He has been asked if he regrets doing so and frequently said no. He has even gone so far as to explain the comments by taking his critics into the war room that is his mind.