Editor's letter | Issue | Premium | May 22 2019

Will Deontay Wilder be forgiven or forgotten?

Deontay Wilder’s pre-fight comments about Breazeale were idiotic yet quickly forgotten
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - WBC World Heavyweight Title  |  Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

HAD Deontay Wilder got his wish and killed Dominic Breazeale, the sport would have had a hard time recovering. But because he only knocked a man out, adding another spectacular one-round finish to his record rather than the “body” he claimed he wanted, all is seemingly forgiven.

Wilder had the chance to take back his comments in the aftermath but he chose not to. Instead he spoke of being “real” and insisted his desire to end Breazeale’s life was not merely trash talk of the worst possible kind but an indication of how he felt in the days before battle.

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