Hearn Not Surprised By Wilder/Ortiz Announcement

Hearn Not Surprised By Wilder/Ortiz Announcement

As we get closer to Anthony Joshua v. Anthony Ruiz Jr., another fighter decided to control the headlines. Deontay Wilder made the announcement that he will be facing Luis Ortiz in a rematch from their 2018 encounter.

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has been wanting to negotiate the potential superfight between Joshua and Wilder for a while now. He was not surprised Wilder made the announcement, effectively halting the potential clash.

“I told you from the beginning Wilder didn’t want the fight and I am glad the truth comes out,” said Hearn. “He’s been saying for weeks that he’s had an announcement plan and that was it. As soon as AJ goes on ESPN and says he wants to talk man to man but Wilder’s not his own boss. When he wants to sit down with us we will, until then, all that matters is Ruiz.”

One of the reasons Wilder signed with Showtime was PPV and monetary value. With Joshua on DAZN and Tyson Fury on ESPN, Wilder saw a better fit with the company he has fought with the majority of his career. Hearn still believes Wilder didn’t help out at all in making a bout with Joshua happen.

“Maybe people will start believing me when I say things,” Hearn went on to say. “Wilder got offered the most money for the AJ fights and Ortiz did also. Wilder’s not making what DAZN offered in fights with Ortiz and Kownacki and whatever other fight he has lined up with Showtime. Ortiz and Kownacki aren’t making what we offered them for AJ. Maybe people will start believing us when we say we did everything to make the fight.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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