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Eddie Hearn shortlist for Deontay Wilder : Joshua, Whyte & Ruiz

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By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn is excited about the news of former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder returning to the ring soon to resume his career.

The 6’7″ Wilder feels that the heavyweight division is boring without him, and he wants to get back in action to bring some excitement to the weight class.

Deontay’s nemesis, Tyson Fury, has retired after getting a massive payday in his title defense against Dillian Whyte last April.

With Fury out of the sport, the heavyweight division needs Wilder more than ever to breathe life back into it because there are too many boring fighters who have lost their courage to fight hard.

Matchroom Boxing bossman Hearn is already talking about wanting to set up fights between the talented knockout artist Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) and this list of killers:

  • Anthony Joshua
  • Joe Joyce
  • Daniel Dubois
  • Derek Chisora
  • Andy Ruiz Jr
  • Joseph Parker
  • Dillian Whyte

Wilder is a great addition. He’s already there, for the heavyweight division,” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about the news that Deontay Wilder is coming back to resume his career.

“I’m so happy he’s back because if you look at the fights with Wilder, it’s breathtaking,” Hearn continued. “Obviously, the AJ fight is a tremendous fight.

Wilder against Dillian Whyte, Wilder against Andy Ruiz, which should be quite straightforward to make. Wilder against Chisora, Wilder against Parker, Wilder against Joe Joyce, Wilder against Daniel Dubois,” said Hearn.

Some would argue that Whyte, Chisora, and Parker aren’t worthy of fighting Deontay because none of them has looked particularly sharp in recent fights. Whyte looked shot to bits in his sixth-round knockout loss to Fury on April 23rd, and his career might be on skidrow after the way he performed.

Without Hearn’s magic in matchmaking, Whyte might be heading towards retirement. As for 38-year-old Chisora, he hasn’t won a fight since 2019 and has lost his last three contests.

For Hearn to be mentioning Chisora as an option for Wilder that’s arguably an insult because ‘The Bronze Bomber’ isn’t at the point where he should be fighting journeyman like Delboy.

Why isn’t Hearn saying Chisora as an option for Joshua? AJ has lost two out of his last four fights and will likely get beaten again by Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch in July or August.

“Literally, every Wilder fight is exciting, so I’m over the moon that he’s come back, and maybe one of our boys will fight him one day,” said Hearn. “It’s a great addition to our division or readdition to the division,” said Eddie Hearn about the 6’7″ Deontay.

Joshua would be a good option for Wilder if he wins his rematch with Usyk, but if not, forget it. It would be a crime for Hearn to toss Joshua into the ring with a KO artist like Deontay after a second defeat against Usyk.

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