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  • Should Deontay Wilder Hire a PR Consultant?

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    By Ted Sares

    Tyson Fury became an instant hero to many (this writer included) when he donated his considerable earnings from the Deontay Wilder fight to the homeless. Reportedly his entire purse was donated to various charities in the UK that specialize in providing housing for recovering addicts and alcoholics.

    Meanwhile, his opponent, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, stated not too long ago that he wouldn't be troubled if Dominic Breazeale (with whom Wilder has had confrontations) passed away from injuries incurred during their forthcoming grudge match at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In an interview with Oliver Holt of the Daily Mail, Wilder said, “Not one bit of remorse…Because this is boxing. This is what we do. This is what we sign up for.”

    This almost happened when he he left poor Artur Szpilka unconscious in January 2016 as a result of one of his windmill shots landing flush. It was as scary as scary can get. ‘No Remorse, If It Happens, It Happens.”

    There are things you just don’t say about an opponent and this manifestly was one of them.

    Prior to his talk with the Daily Mail reporter, Wilder made similar statement in a rambling statement during an appearance on a New York sports talk radio show: "That's the Bronze Bomber, he want [a body]. I always tell people, when I'm in the ring, like I am the Bronze Bomber. With him, it's so crazy, when I'm in the Bronze Bomber, 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 gonna fight.”

    Hmm. Apparently his rationale is predicated on some kind of split personality notion, but what’s really coming across to those who are not being hoodwinked by Wilder’s rants is a person who is badly in need of a public relations consultant, someone who could also serve as a mentor. He has a compelling personal story that combined with his boxing success could be articulated in a way that would be very supportive and positive—like that of Luis Ortiz (though the Cuban’s PED infractions don’t help). However, he needs to tone down the rhetoric.

    WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán came to Deontay’s defense on his twitter page: “I have known the Bronze Bomber for a long time. I respect him and do not believe he could say that he wants to kill someone in the ring.” (He said it, Mauricio. Believe it.)

    Others, such as Eddie Hearn, expressed disgust that Wilder would say such a thing. Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew tweeted , “If this is true, he’s a disgrace!”

    Anthony Joshua added, "I wouldn't want a body on my record. “I say my little prayer in the corner. Pray for success. And I pray for (my opponent’s) health. And I pray he'll be safe once he leaves the ring."

    Maybe Wilder should listen to Mike Tyson who waxed philosophical during an interview with boxing.com editor Robert Ecksel: “My whole life was a regret…My whole life, my actions, my conduct, a lot of stuff I’ve done in my life, especially as a fighter…I said often some really bizarre and disrespectful things to opponents. Putting down a lot of fighters just to become more of this renowned figure and stuff. I wish I didn’t do that, I wish I hadn’t said a lot of the things that I’ve said to other human beings. I don’t want to live my life that way anymore.”

    Big Baby

    Speaking of villains, Wilder has had a lot to say about the now disgraced Jarrell Miller. In a recent interview with TV commentator Shawn Porter, the reigning WBC welterweight champion, Wilder said, “I don’t feel sorry for him…What made him look so bad is he wanna accuse the other opponent for doing something like that and here he comes doing it…Like I said, I know a lot of guys that does it, this is not the first one…it keeps coming out and these guys keep doing it and doing it. The only way it’s going to stop is unless someone put an end to it…and he got to be the example.”

    “Are you saying lifetime ban?” asked Porter. “For sure,” said Wilder. “Lifetime ban, count me in...Guys like that—drug cheats—they’ve made me miss out on a lot of money…They made me go back and reconsider boxing…like, ‘Why is this happening to me? Why do these guys wanna cheat with me?’ I don’t have no place in my heart for a cheat. This sport is very serious. I’m one of the people that’s always talking about risking our lives in the ring and when a guy use any type of thing to make his body perform what it ain’t supposed to do, then, I don’t have no respect for you…”

    His disgust is understandable. Yet, given his stated desire to get “a body on his record,” a degree of incongruity emerges. Not hypocrisy, but things just don’t square. On the one hand he complains how a juiced fighter could hurt someone, while on the other he says he wouldn’t feel any remorse if he killed someone in the ring. (Curiously, The Bomber, who has always tested clean, had little to say when his younger brother Marsellos Wilder tested positive for PEDs after a recent fight in Texas and had his win over 0-2 Mark Sanchez changed to a No Decision.)

    Ted Sares is a lifetime member of Ring 10, and a member of Ring 4 and its Boxing Hall of Fame. He also is an Auxiliary Member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is an active power lifter and Strongman competitor in the Grand Master class and plans to compete in 2019.

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  • #2
    Yes he probably should.

    I also hear Don King is looking for promotional work.

    The knucklheaded Wilder is his own worst enemy.

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    • Kid Blast
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      Yes he is. SAD..................

    • Kid Blast
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      This comes all the way from New Zealand: Brilliant, Ted. Couldn't agree more. Its rather sad. With his record, and his exciting style, not to mention his KO power, he should be a popular idol, and a force for good. But his behaviour is as disgusting as it is inexcusable. The management, the TV channels, and the , and the latter should give him notice that no more coverage unless he recants entire media should express their disgust. - Graeme.Barrow

  • #3
    When we interviewed Deontay Wilder before he won the WBC title, he addressed the "kill a man in the ring" issue like a man, not like some malpromoted clown: "In my individual prayer before the fight I tell God that I don't want to hurt nobody. I do want to knock them out but I don't want to hurt them to the point they can't go back to their family or support them, or continue to box and do something that they love. I don't want to take that from a man. I don't want to go in the ring and kill nobody, that is not my mission. My goal is to be heavyweight champion of the world."

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    • #4
      I was once a young 33-year-old. I'm not making excuses for Wilder, but one says and does a lot of stupid ****. I loved the quote from Tyson -- he seems finally at peace.

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      • Kid Blast
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        You still make them and so do I....

    • #5
      As Arsenio Hall once said of Leon Spinks "The HW champ of the world don't have to be no entomologist" in other words these guys
      fight, not write books about intelligent subjects. Wilder is dumber than a fencepost, ok, but he doesn't have to be such a dick as well.
      I agree he should hire a PR firm, then maybe he'd get on TV once in a while, be on cereal boxes, have a shoe named after him, etc.

      But he won't. The least thing he could do is fight once in a while, and stop ducking Joshua.

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      • Kid Blast
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        A shoe? WTF..........................

    • #6
      A super read. Very much enjoyed it. Yes certainly keeps his writing varied. Love the Tyson quotes. The HW champ of the world should be an icon. This guy is a chump. Great read Teddy.

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      • Kid Blast
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        Many thanks matey. AJ has class; WIlder needs some of that. I offer myself as his PR consultant.

    • #7
      Ted certainly keeps his writing varied. Typo.

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      • #8
        Why thanks. I try to do that. A little history, some currents stuff, and something unique. Not easy, but fun.

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        • #9
          Good read as always Ted. I have heard Wilder state that he wants to hurt someone (generally when building up a fight) and then in other interviews state very sincerely that he hopes that nobody gets hurt inside the ring. So yes probably a PR man is a very good idea. I believe that he has said some things he didn't mean, maybe to help sell a particular fight, and that certainly does not help his image long term. But I don't think he means it either when he says he wants to kill somebody. A good PR man would get this sorted out.

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          • #10
            Wilder needs a professional publicist, yes indeed he does.

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            • #11
              Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
              Wilder needs a professional publicist, yes indeed he does.
              I hereby offer my services at a reasonable fee.

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              • #12
                OK, how would you manage/reshape his contradictory image?

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                • Kid Blast
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                  By sitting down with him and Breeland and spelling out what a more humble approach could do. I'd use Tyson Fury as Example Number One. I'd have Deontay recant his "want a body " stuff and then make a donation to boxers in need. Guys like G-Man and Benitez. I'd also change that mask he wears into the ring because it's stupid. Use a Mike Tyson approach. There is other stuff but I'm not going to disclose my trade secrets without some sort of "Whetting of my Beak."

              • #13
                How u gonna convince him to fight AJ for reasonable money?

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                • Kid Blast
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                  By fighting him in Wembley before 90,000 fans and a monster PPV audience. He wins, he wins. He loses, he wins. A deep discussion about money and what it can do for you.

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