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Virgil Hunter condemns WBC champion’s remarks on loss of life within the ring


Deontay Wilder dangers his legacy with “irresponsible” comments approximately death within the ring, says trainer Virgil Hunter.

International heavyweight champion Wilder, 33, has been criticised for discussing killing an opponent after he said he’s “looking to get a body on my record”.

Hunter, who trains Wilder’s opponent on Saturday – Dominic Breazeale – said he was “disappointed” inside the champion.

“He needs to virtually ask himself if that’s what i’m all about,” he said. “is that this the legacy I need to leave?”

“I assume this is something that Deontay has to deal with internally,” Hunter informed BBC sport in the big apple.

“is that this the example I need to expose and come to grips with it? I assume in the end an apology is in line.”

Wilder keeps ‘no regrets’
WBC world heavyweight title holder Wilder has made similar comments within the past and has repeated his statement in media huddles and on US communicate shows this week.

The american defended his feedback on Tuesday and while asked approximately the difficulty through BBC sport on Wednesday, he stated: “I don’t remorse not anything that I say. I’m obsessed with what I say and obsessed on what I do.

“i’ve usually been real. I do not worry about being politically correct.”

Hunter – who also trains Britain’s Amir Khan – added: “it’s the incorrect way of going approximately promoting. I am certainly upset in Deontay.

“He has the sector so to talk in his fingers and he’s letting it slip out and making statements like that, that makes humans balk. It’s irresponsible.”

The likes of former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and promoter Eddie Hearn have criticised Wilder’s words within the beyond.

The american stocks a contention with Breazeale, which intensified when the pair became embroiled in a resort scuffle in 2017. Breazeale stated Wilder’s brother punched him in the front of his wife and youngsters.

Asked about Wilder’s remarks, Breazeale told BBC sport: “it is simply no longer suitable, I imply come on, who says loopy stuff like that?

“You never want to say that approximately an opponent. You have got to have sportsmanship, you have got to be professional in the sport.

“You never need someone to be harmed from a fight. In this one, I understand we’ve got private reasons and a private vendetta however if he gets harm so be it. However do I ever desire death on a person, no of route not.”

Breazeale, 33, has lost one in every of his 21 fights – a seventh-spherical knockout by way of Britain’s unified global heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2016.

The american will look to inflict a first defeat on Wilder – who has 40 wins and a draw in forty one fights – in a bout as a way to be protected in a live-textual content with the aid of BBC game within the early hours of Sunday morning.