Tyson Fury has stepped in today as trash talk in the heavyweight division by anyone’s standard’s, even in a sport as twisted as boxing often is, surely went too far.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s name was brought up in the media this week by contender Dominic Breazeale who alleged that Wilder jumped him last year in a hotel lobby with multiple friends in front of his wife and kids.
He also alleges that Wilder shouted profanities at his wife and kids at the time.
Breazeale is actually mandatory contender for Wilder’s WBC belt at the moment but may have to wait a while if Wilder lands the Tyson Fury fight later this year and the Anthony Joshua fight next year.
Wilder responded to Breazeale’s comments with a threat that if they do fight, he wants to bring Breazeale’s young son on stage to do the following:
😳 This week, Dominic Breazeale spoke on his 2017 bust-up with Deontay Wilder. Wilder responded saying he won’t fight Breazeale next, but added: “When it happens Imma make sure he brings his son on the stage to look the man in the eye that’s gonna cripple his daddy.” [@FightHype]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) August 9, 2018
Promotion-wise, it’s clear to me that Wilder wants to play the bad guy role, similar to how Mayweather did years ago in terms of making people hate him so bad that they’ll buy his fights to watch him lose.
But that said, even Mayweather or other put on bad guy characters in boxing never brought up people’s kids.
Fury, who returns to action next week in Belfast against Francesco Pianeta and should he win, likely will fight Wilder in November or December, responded to Wilder’s over the top remarks with:
Saying stuff like that is out of Oder & sad 😔 to involve a child 🧒, I pray for everyone I fight to do there best & get home safely. There is to much BS like this in boxing 🥊
— DON TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) August 9, 2018
While Wilder seems like a good guy outside the ring and a highly entertaining fighter inside of it, bringing someone’s kids into a boxing match is over the edge.
Plain and simple.