Deontay Wilder has made startling assumptions regarding Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua’s intentions to keep him locked out of an undisputed clash.
The 40-0 WBC champion is firmly fixed on facing the winner of Joshua’s unified battle with Joseph Parker this weekend, although has so far been frozen out by Hearn.
Wilder wanted to attend the fight and drum up support for the massive encounter with Joshua, only to be told he may not be able to go face-to-face with the Briton.
This led to ‘The Bronze Bomber’ pulling out of commentary duties, a decision which has since been ratified by Sky Boxing’s Adam Smith admitting to WBN that a fight with Joshua in not in the immediate plans.
“It’d be incredible if Joshua, Parker or Wilder could hold all those four belts but we’re still a while from this moment,” Smith exclusively told World Boxing News.
“If Joshua wins it could take another year to get ‘AJ’ and Wilder in the ring. I would hope by some time in 2019 we could have an ‘undisputed undisputed’ world champion.”
Reacting to the current situation, Wilder told Boxing.com via telephone interview he believes Hearn and Joshua want to steer clear of a future bout in order to avoid losing.
“It’s sad. Because this is boxing, and the heavyweight division was once down and now it’s back up at an all-time high and they’re trying to bring it back down by fighting these lesser opponents and not fighting the best,” Wilder told Boxing.com
“That’s why I fought Ortiz—so I could prove I’m the best. It was big risk, small reward, but it was big for boxing. Boxing won that night.
“You know that’s what I want to be remembered as. (Joshua and his promoter) talks about money so much because this is what they’re trying to do. This is the business—trying to gyp British people out of their money.
“Soon they’re gonna wake up. They’re gonna realize it and demand he fight somebody, while I’m gonna be cleaning up the rest of the division. I can go for a world high record. Maybe I’ll come across that 50-0 record, with 49 KOs. That’s what we’re on.”
Hearn has been vocal in stating he wants Dillian Whyte to get his chance at Wilder’s belt as a stipulation to making the Joshua fight, although Wilder wasn’t interested in facing the WBC Silver champion when speaking to Boxing.com.
“Eddie got his other fighter, trying to make a fight. Well, we’re not interested. We don’t want that. Nobody want that,” he stated.