WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder continued his verbal assault on Eddie Hearn this weekend by stating his view that boxing needs to be rid of Anthony Joshua’s handler for good.
Wilder is unhappy that a massive undisputed unification with Joshua failed to make it over the line last week, despite initially agreeing to take a flat fee of $15m to fight in the UK.
Obviously blaming Hearn for the collapse, Wilder has moved away from facing Joshua anytime soon but is adamant the conduct of the Matchroom boss is detrimental to the sport.
“I think what Eddie has done is burnt bridges in America with the fans and with the networks like Showtime,” Wilder told Sirius XM Boxing Radio on Friday night.
“They are burning bridges with everyone and how do you expect to sign an American fighter when you are conducting yourself like that?”
Going further adding his view that Hearn is hampering some of his fighters’ careers and needs to be put in line, Wilder said the original $50m offer for a PPV clash in the US should have been accepted by Joshua’s team.
“You can’t even seal the biggest purse your client will ever get in his career,” pointed out the 32 year-old American.
“What have you done for his (Danny Jacobs’) career lately? This (Eddie Hearn’s conduct) is a sickness in boxing and we need to get this disease out of here.”
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