Eddie Hearn Feels Deontay Wilder Shouldn’t Delay His Return Anymore

Published 02/19/2021, 9:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion, is slowly losing relevancy from the ongoing title picture as he is yet to return to the ring. It has been a year since he surrendered the title against Tyson Fury in February 2020. He was rumored to return early this year, and it’s still a possibility.

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However, Wilder hasn’t confirmed anything, and that leaves him nowhere close to bagging a fight against the elites. Every heavyweight A-lister has their scheduled fights ahead. So, Matchroom director Eddie Hearn passed some valuable advice for Wilder and desired to see him return quickly.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn pointed out that Wilder is already late from his pre-scheduled comeback and enquired about the American’s intentions.

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“I do believe that Deontay Wilder is, you know, I mean he was supposed to be fighting in January. Now we are in the middle of February. So, how much longer is he going to wait? He (Wilder) has been out of the ring for a year now. And, he is slowly imploding in every single interview that he gives. So, he should get back in the ring,” said Eddie Hearn.

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Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder has hinted at facing all the big names of the division on his return, including the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua. Furthermore, he is rumored to be in a bout against Charles Martin.

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What’s best for Deontay Wilder?

Being a former champion, Wilder can rightfully demand any of the big names, and thankfully the heavyweight roster has plenty of those. While several boxers like Joe Joyce, Oleksandr Usyk, and Anthony Joshua will compete for titles ahead, ‘The Bonze Bomber’ may have to return for a non-title fight.

BROOKLYN, NY – NOVEMBER 1: Deontay Wilder works out in preparation for his upcoming fight at the Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne Heavyweight Champiosnhip fight Media workout at Gleason’s Gym November 1, 2017 in Brooklyn, New YorkPhoto by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

On bagging a win, he can resurrect his place in the title ride and can challenge the champions. However, he needs to return soon and end his lengthy period of inactivity.

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The longer Wilder delays his return, the longer he will have to wait to chart his path back to the summit of boxing. At 35, he certainly does not have age on his side and a dominant performance in the ring will be his best reply to everything that has happened in 2020.

What do you make of Eddie Hearn’s comments on the former WBC champion?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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