Hearn: Wilder Takes Franchise Status To Avoid AJ

Eddie Hearn believes Deontay Wilder would take the opportunity to become WBC franchise champion to duck fights with Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte.

“You can’t take anything Wilder says seriously,” The Matchroom Boxing boss told Sky Sports of Wilder’s insistence that he’d never take the Franchise label. “First of all he says ‘one face, one name, one champion’, and then we chase the undisputed fight for over a year, and he don’t want to know, and Joshua loses and it’s ‘one face, one name, one champion’ again.”

“Now he says he’ll turn down a Franchise belt. If he gets the opportunity to duck Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua, or anybody by being elevated to Franchise champion, he would do it in a heartbeat.”

Whyte, one of  Hearn’s top heavyweight clients, was the WBC mandatory challenger prior to his fight against Oscar Rivas which was contested due to an adverse finding in a drug test performed by UK Anti-Doping.

Whyte will now have to wait another 16 months for a shot at the WBC title, as Tyson Fury was installed as the mandatory challenger ahead of a potential February 2020 rematch with Wilder.

“I think Andy Ruiz will give anybody an exciting fight,” Hearn said of Wilder’s belief that Ruiz is a better opponent for him than Joshua. “Wilder needs to worry about Luis Ortiz because he’s in a fight that’s not on the same level as Joshua against Andy Ruiz.

“That’s the biggest fight of the year, that’s one of the biggest heavyweight fights of the decade. I think everyone would give Deontay Wilder trouble.”

Report: Sky Sports


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