WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has called for bigger punishments for doping offences after winning a $5million legal case.
Wilder has seen his last two fights rearranged at the last minute after his original opponents – Alexander Povetkin and Andrzej Wawrzyk – tested positive for banned substances.
The American is due to face Gerald Washington in Alabama next week, but halted his training camp for eight days after bringing a £5m lawsuit against Povetkin for breach of contract.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) February 15, 2017
A jury ruled in Wilder’s favour earlier this week, but he still wants to see doping offenders face lengthy suspensions, as well as being hit in the pocket.
“It's sad for the sport. I just hope something even more can be done about this situation before it ruins the sport of boxing,” he said.
“I think the WBC is doing a fabulous job in bringing the doping program and having these fighters sign up for it and if they don't they're off the rankings. But I also would like to see it go into second gear.
— PBC (@premierboxing) February 16, 2017
“I want to see some punishment done. I want to see if you do this, if you put a steroid or anything that allows your body to do what it's not naturally supposed to do, I think you should not only get suspended, but maybe indefinitely, or fined. We need to do something.
“They need to take their career away from them because this is ridiculous.”