You could say that every boxer is out to kill their opponent in the ring, figuratively speaking. But WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder would literally like to kill one of his.
Wilder said as much in a recent interview with New York City radio program The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 FM.
“I want a body on my record, I want one,” Wilder told hosts Charlamagne Tha God & Angela Yee, explaining that he’s so focused on the task at hand when he gets into the ring that he becomes someone else, a person that would have no problem taking an opponent’s life. “I always tell people, when I’m in the ring, I don’t really care. Everything about me changes. I don’t get nervous, I don’t get scared, I don’t get butterflies, I don’t have no feeling towards the man I’m fit to fight.”
Wilder added that with is punching power (39 of his 40 wins have come by way of knockout), he at times almost expects it to happen.
“The power that I have, it’s easy to be able to do,” Wilder said. “I thought I had one one time with [Artur] Szpilka because he wasn’t breathing when he hit the canvas. Somebody is going to go.”
The former U.S. Olympian extended his record to 40-0 several weeks ago with a 10-round TKO of Luis Ortiz.