Eddie Hearn Questions Whether Or Not Deontay Wilder Wants To Fight Again
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn wonders if Deontay Wilder has lost the desire to compete.
Wilder was last seen inside the boxing ring back on February 22. He put the WBC Heavyweight gold on the line against Tyson Fury in a rematch. Their first encounter ended in a split draw. Fury ensured that the judges weren’t needed for the second bout as he scored a seventh-round TKO victory to nab the WBC Championship.
There was a rematch clause in place for Wilder to receive a third fight with Fury but “The Gypsy King’s” camp claims that clause has expired. Fury is now looking to fight on December 5 in London. Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, has denied that this is the case.
Speaking to iFL TV, Hearn said that he’s unsure if Wilder wants to continue his pro boxing career (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“So what on earth has happened to Deontay Wilder? Are you telling me you don’t want to avenge your defeat? Are you telling me you don’t want to be king again? You don’t want to be the champ? You’re going to go out like that? … He may not fight again. If your heart’s not in it, and you’ve made the money he’s made in the last couple of fights. I wouldn’t. This is a tough sport. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a fighter. Maybe he’s lost the love for the sport, and that can happen. I just can’t make it out.”
Wilder’s TKO loss to Fury is the lone defeat in “The Bronze Bomber’s” career. Wilder’s cornerman, Mark Breland, threw in the towel. For months, Wilder had been mulling dropping Breland from his team as he felt the stoppage wasn’t just. Wilder ended up axing Breland from his camp, which drew heavy criticism from pundits and fight fans.