By Mark Elezaj
New York: Promoter Eddie Hearn is not one to ever bite his tongue and that still holds true, even today, when it comes to the topic of Deontay Wilder. Hearn has continued to voice his opinion since Wilder announced that his next fight will be a rematch with Luis Ortiz.
“I told you! No one fu***ng’ listens to me, ever…I told you. I told you! So Joshua goes on ESPN yesterday, says ‘make the fight and I’ll sit down with you after my fight and we’ll do a deal.’ And [Wilder] goes ‘Shit, how can we look okay out of this? Oh yeah, I’ve signed a deal to fight Ortiz, everbody!” What? That morning?!…Come on.”
“It’s embarrasing, is what it is. But I told everyone ‘Ruiz, that’s the focus.’ We can’t do anything about people that don’t wanna fight. So we have to take care of our own career, and what we know we are doing — what we’re doing is fighting in a sold out Madison Square Garden on Saturday night against Andy Ruiz. Joshua better be ready, ‘cause this fat lil’ f**ker is coming to fight…
“So stop talking about Wilder, it’s a waste of time. He don’t want the fight. They don’t want the fight. He’s talked into something else. He’s not his own boss, he doesn’t make his own decisions. Let him do what he’s been talked into and then when he becomes available after he’s fought Ortiz, after he’s fought Kownacki, then, I guess, we’ll try again.”
Hearn truly felt a unification fight between Joshua and Wilder could happen later this year, if Joshua comes out victorious against Andy Ruiz this Saturday night.
“It’s embarrassing,” Hearn said to Sky Sports. “Joshua said: ‘the only fight is Wilder, we should meet next week and get it done’.”
“Then Wilder says: ‘actually, I will fight Ortiz’. Why fight him instead of Joshua? That is really frustrating. The main man is Joshua but the fight that the world wants to see is Wilder. Unfortunately he is not giving the public what they want – or even talking about that fight, which is frustrating.l
“We have to focus on what we know is happening – Andy Ruiz Jr, making sure that Joshua gets the job done and continues to win. Next week, if victorious, we will sit down and plan the future and book in an exciting fight for November or December. Joshua has got to do the business. We want to see destruction.”
So what’s next for Joshua now that a showdown with Wilder is off the table, at least for now?
Hearn has already selected three possible opponents, Kubrat Pulev, who is viewed as the likely opponent for Joshua later this year, Oleksandr Usyk and Dillian Whyte.
“We have the IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev. We have the WBO mandatory. It could be [Usyk]. We may even have a Dillian Whyte fight to jump into for November.” Hearn said Speaking with IFL TV.
One thing is for sure, Joshua still needs to defeat challenger Andy Ruiz Jr. this Saturday night on DAZN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
~ The Fighting Voice ~