Wilder meets Dominic Breazeale on Saturday
Deontay Wilder against Dominic Breazeale
venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, 18 May (Sunday, 19 May at 04:00 CET)
Reporting: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Deontay Wilder will face a hearing after the World Boxing Council says his comments on death in the ring are "against the spirit of our sport."

The heavyweight WBC heavyweight champion has been criticized for "trying to improve my record".

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said the comments were "regrettable" and against the organization's ethics.

33-year-old Wilder commented on the fight on Saturday with American compatriot Dominic Breazeale.

It is not the first time he has awakened the prospect of an opponent dying in the ring, and the Alabama fighter has commented on this in more than one interview during the Battle Week.

Sulaiman added, "I've known Wilder for a long time and he's not the person he portrays in such comments.

"His metaphors violate the WBC Code of Ethics and will be treated in a hearing."

Sizes like the former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and promoter Eddie Hearn have criticized Wilder for addressing the issue in the past.

On Thursday, former heavyweight world champion Frank Bruno said Wilder's statements "give boxing a bad name," while Breazeales coach Virgil Hunter said the champion risked his legacy with "irresponsible" comments.

Wilder, who has scored 40 wins and a draw in 41 fights, will defend his title on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn against Breazeale, who has scored 20 of 21 wins.

The bout will be commented on Sunday night by the BBC Sport website in a live text commentary.