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Eddie Hearn: Deontay Wilder won’t get title shot until 2022 and onwards

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By Jeff Aronow: Deontay Wilder may have lost his chance for a world title shot for the next two years until 2022 or later, says Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn.

He says that WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and IBF/WBA/WBO champ Anthony Joshua will be tied down for two fights in 2021. There’s no chance at all for former WBC champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) to fight for a world title against Fury or AJ next year.

The winner of the rematch between Joshua and Fury could be busy taking care of mandatory defenses in 2022.  Even under the best scenario, Wilder might not be in a position to fight for a world title until 2023.

For that to happen, Wilder will need to be active and winning against world-level opposition. It’s difficult to predict whether Wilder will be still interested in fighting top-level opponents in 2021 and 2022.

Wilder won’t get title shot until 2022 onwards

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“This is what I’d like to hear from Deontay Wilder [that he wants the rematch with Fury]. He’s his own man,” said Hearn to Sky Sports Boxing. “If he’s all of a sudden earned his money, and he’s going to walk off into the sunset, good luck to him.

“It’s a dangerous sport. You need to earn your money and get out of there, but you also need your pride and legacy. That’s key as well, and for Wilder, I don’t know any other fighter that wouldn’t be thinking, ‘I want that rematch.’ I want to hear it.

“As you say, he’s gone missing,” said Hearn said about Wilder. “For Shelly Finkel and Bob Arum and those guys to sit there and say, ‘The contract has expired.’

“What kind of contract was this. We’re coming off of a global pandemic. The Force majeure would cover them in that respect. Surely if they weren’t out of contract, Shelly Finkel would be taking legal action.

“It’s all really weird. All I know is Wilder has messed a boat. He’s not going to get a shot at a world title until 2022 and onwards because we’re [Joshua] going to have our two fights next year if we beat Kubrat Pulev.

The seventh-round knockout loss that Wilder suffered against Fury earlier this year in February has clearly taken a lot out of him.

Although Wilder is said to have suffered a bicep injury while training for the Fury rematch, it’s odd that he’s not talking to the media about wanting to avenge his loss.

Hearn: Wilder could retire from boxing

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“The belts tied up for two years. I don’t know. It’s very, very strange,” said Hearn. But maybe he’s [Wilder] done. You wouldn’t hold it against him. Good luck to him.

“As long as he’s happy in his life, but I don’t understand the situation with Shelly and the contract and how they’ve not been across this.

“For us, it’s good news because Tyson can have an easy fight in December rather than fighting Deontay Wilder,” said Hearn.

If we don’t see Wilder fighting in 2021, he may be done with boxing.

According to Celebrity NetWorh, Deontay Wilder’s net worth is $30 million. With that kind of money, maybe Wilder isn’t as motivated as he needs to be to continue his career and come back.

Wilder would need to make a lot of improvements in his game to have a shot at beating the winner of the Fury vs. Joshua fights. It’s not just them, though. Wilder will have problems trying to beat these heavyweights as well:

  • Daniel Dubois
  • Filip Hrgovic
  • Dillian Whyte
  • Alexander Povetkin
  • Joe Joyce
  • Andy Ruiz Jr

The perception that boxing fans have is that Wilder’s loss to Fury has taken away his self-confidence, making him reluctant to get back into the ring.

The 6’7″ Wilder hasn’t reacted well to his defense the way that one would like to have seen, and it’s possible that it ruined his love for the sport.


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