Eddie Hearn Won’t Talk About Deontay Wilder!
It really is amazing how quickly fortunes are lost and glory changes hands!
When 2019 began Anthony “AJ” Joshua was the undefeated darling of the UK and the IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion. At that time, he was merely one belt away from being the undisputed champion of the world.
HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
Ironically, AJ and his team seemed to derive a perverse pleasure in avoiding a fight with Deontay Wilder. This was odd, considering that Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title.
This title was the last belt that AJ required to solidify his domination of the division. Team Joshua regularly explained to Wilder that he was not worth a huge pay day, he had no following and he most certainly was not on Joshua’s level.
Fast forward a few months and Joshua is now belt-less, once defeated by way of humbling KO and desperately trying to prove he belongs at the elite level. Since this gigantic shift in realities, Wilder is still calling for a bout with AJ.
However, Team Joshua continues to have no real conversation for the Alabamian power-puncher.
“Right now there is no point in us talking about Deontay Wilder because the focus is Andy Ruiz, and […] the position that we had, which was a position, in my opinion, of dominance in the division no longer exists.
“So we can’t be calling out Wilder and this and that, the focus is Ruiz.”
Preceding his unceremonious bludgeoning at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr, Team Joshua treated Wilder as if he were unworthy.
Now, Team Joshua has adopted the mantra that they simply are too focused on Ruiz to talk about anything else.
LIFE WITH THE BLINDERS ON
On the one hand, it is believable that AJ does want to keep his full attention on Ruiz. Fighters should maintain a laser like focus when actively training for an upcoming match. On the other, however, what’s wrong with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, speculating about what comes next?
As a proactive promoter, shouldn’t he have a loose game plan for what his fighter will do next? Well, Hearn doesn’t think so. Or at least, he didn’t have a game plan he was willing to share with the class.
“Deontay, congratulations. You’re a world heavyweight champion, we are not. Don’t worry about us.
“Don’t worry about little ‘ol our team over here, we’re just out there grinding trying to get the belts back.
“So, let AJ focus on the biggest fight and the biggest moment of his career so far.”
Guess we all will just have to wait and see what happens with Ruiz v Joshua 2 to find out what possibly is next with for Joshua.
Obviously, if he loses, then he has a whole new set of problems to contend with. Yet, if AJ emerges victorious, whether he wants to hear it or not, the calls for him to face Wilder will be louder than ever.
Just stay tuned because 3kingsboxing will continue to provide all the latest breaking news in the heavyweight division.
By: Bakari Simpson