Wilder: Boxing is not a sport!


American heavyweight knockout Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) was noted at the weekend not only by another KO masterpiece in the opening round of the fight with Robert Helenius (31-4, 20 KOs) from Finland, but also by a very cool post-match speech.

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The ex-champion was so emotional that at some point he even cried at the post-match press conference. It is possible that Wilder, during his speech, also hinted at boxing matches with the participation of celebrities, which have recently become very popular.

“Today I showed you why boxing should not be played. This is very serious, says the puncher. — I will always be on the side of the boxers. I’m their lawyer, if you like. I think this is all wrong. Boxing is not a sport. Sport is when you play something. They don’t play boxing. Life and limb are at risk here. And for what? For the sake of entertaining you. It is for this reason that I constantly demand respect from the fans. Not to himself, but to all the fighters. Absolutely everyone. Don’t look at records and all that. Don’t call the loser “bum”. This is not a game! Absolutely every fighter who enters the ring deserves respect. And don’t care about his record. I don’t care who he is or where he comes from.”

“How do I feel? Look, I just did my job. And I’m good at it,” Wilder continued. – To tell the truth? At first I didn’t even realize how hard I hit him. Everything happened very quickly. After all, we do all this in training. Then only muscle memory works, and the body reacts to its signals. I hope with all my heart that Helenius will not have any consequences from this knockout. After all, now he seems to be in perfect order, but how will he feel tomorrow or in 2 weeks?

Wilder recalled Puerto Rican prospect Pritchard Colón, who suffered a brain injury in the ring in 2017 that would completely change his life: “You don’t really understand what we’re going through. For example, I didn’t know this guy. But it still gnaws at me that now he will never know what it is like to become a father. And this is the most precious thing in life – to be someone’s father. He will never have the same life. He went into boxing to support his family. And now they have to take care of him for the rest of their lives. What if he was their only breadwinner at all, and now they all depend only on outside help?

In the meantime, Wilder’s manager has designated priority No. 1. And we have selected 9 potential rivals for the Bronze Bomber.