Wilder Targets Fury-Usyk Winner, Slams Hearn Over Blocking Joshua Bout

Deontay Wilder has set his sights on facing the undisputed heavyweight champion, which will be decided when Tyson Fury takes on Oleksandr Usyk on February 17th, 2024. 

Wilder’s ambitions of becoming undisputed have been long in the making. His mantra of ‘one face, one name’ came close to fruition when he had the WBC belt in 2018. In that period, talks were ongoing for an undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua. The Brit held the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts as Wilder’s team made a $50 million offer. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed the offer.

However, a contract never materialized as Joshua was required to accept the offer before it was sent. That failed to happen, as Wilder and Joshua lost their belts later down the line to Fury and Usyk, respectively. Those two fighters will now fight for undisputed. Fury vs. Usyk does contain a two-way rematch clause. Meanwhile, the winner must defend against the IBF interim champion Filip Hrgovic to avoid being stripped. And yet, Wilder still had his eyes on being undisputed. 

“If you’ve got all the belts, you’re gonna have to fight me… That’s still my goal – wipe out the entire division,” Wilder said 

Before that can happen, Wilder must overcome Joseph Parker in his next fight. And provided that he does, Wilder has been mentioned as an opponent for Anthony Joshua. That fight could take him closer to being undisputed since WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman hinted that such a fight could be for a WBC title eliminator.

If Wilder secured an interim belt, he could become a full champion by default if the winner of Fury-Usyk were to vacate their belts. Wilder has accused Eddie Hearn of not being confident in Anthony Joshua’s ability to beat him, which is why the fight never got made.  

“He doesn’t want that fight because he’s not confident in his product. Joshua is the only money-making fighter Matchroom has. They don’t want to see their business fall to the likes of me, someone that can end someone’s career.

“He’s a businessman, and he’s not going to put his business on the line for something that he’s not sure of. He knows that if I get in the ring with Joshua, I will knock him out. And he can’t afford to have his golden boy lose,” Wilder stated 


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