That is the surprising claim of EPSN pundit Stephen A. Smith.
Wilder defends his WBC world heavyweight title against Breazeale tonight in Brooklyn, New York.
The American superstar is still vying for a world title unification against three-belt champion Anthony Joshua, but has been unable to agree terms, leading him to a mandatory defence of his WBC strap tonight.
It is his first fight since his controversial draw against Tyson Fury in December, a fight many fans believe Fury won comfortably.
In fight week for his clash with Breazeale, however, he made headlines for all the wrong reasons, as he declared that he wanted to kill his opponent.
The heavy-hitter – known as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ after his bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games – told reporters that he felt he had the “right” to kill Breazeale in the ring.
He explained he felt he should use his right hand to murder his opponent, and insisted he wanted to do so because it was legal.
Fans, fellow fighters and pundits around the world slammed Wilder for his comments, but ESPN pundit Smith defended the heavyweight title-holder on First Take.
“To me the real story is not what Deontay Wilder said,” Smith said. “Of course Deontay Wilder should not be punished for it, of course what he said was the absolute truth.
“And of course, in our society in this day and age we should rebuke such verbalism and we should discourage others from participating in that same rhetoric.
“But what really irritated me was the WBC saying there was going to be an investigation.
“What the hell is the investigation about? He came on television and stated what he said, there’s no investigation.
“You can rebuke what he said, but there’s no investigation required. Stop wasting people’s time with that nonsense.
“The last time I checked, Deontay Wilder did not say a single word about doing anything illegally.
“He pointed out that in the sport of boxing, you have the opportunity and a right – oh by the way an obligation – to punch people into oblivion until the referee says stop.”
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed Wilder would be investigated for his comments, but Smith slammed that decision.
“That’s what he’s talking about here, and that’s the hypocrisy here of Mr Suliman,” Smith added.
“The bottom line is, it’s your job to go into the boxing ring trying to take someone’s head off.
“We prefer to see a knockout over a decision, so for them to literally hold them accountable for it is idiotic and stupid, and I think it’s them trying to get publicity.”
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