Joshua Promoter Discards Deontay Wilder as Top Heavyweight: ‘He Doesn’t Have the Resume’

Published 09/28/2021, 2:18 AM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 05: WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder takes a break during his media day workout at Churchill Boxing Club on November 05, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder hasn’t made it to the list of top-heavyweights for Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. Despite attaining a stellar run of 42-1-1 with 41 KOs included, the British camp doesn’t acknowledge Wilder’s achievements.

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Hearn, who dived into the debate of who is the best heavyweight of the era, didn’t credit Deontay Wilder as a legitimate contender.

In a chat with IFL TV, Eddie Hearn said, “Other than Ortiz, which isn’t even a standout win in my opinion, who has Wilder ever beaten? You can’t put Wilder in bracket of Fury, Usyk, AJ, Whyte. You can’t. He doesn’t have the résumé.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder is clearly in a rough phase in his career. A stunning TKO loss against Fury snatched away his aura. However, a trilogy fight on October 9 can be a way to regain all his lost stardom.

If he wins the showdown against Tyson Fury, it will be the biggest win and a proper resurrection of his career. Besides, it will also prevent his doubters from throwing dirt on his name.

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As for now, Wilder appears unbothered about all the talking and is solely focused on his return. Hence, there’s no way any of the criticism is going to affect him, at least at this stage.

Can Deontay Wilder bounce back to the top?

Beating down Tyson Fury will clearly be the biggest achievement for any heavyweight boxer in this era. Given his punch in round 12 of their 2018 clash, Wilder has all the chances of landing a massive upset at the T-Mobile Arena.

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He has claimed that he is coming for a KO in his signature style. However, Tyson Fury also seems ready for the battle. He is well aware of Wilder’s prowess and has thoroughly exploited the American star’s flaws in the rematch.

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Given the events of February 2020, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will have to offer something different. He will have to be tactical and dodge better in order to have a shot at unleashing sheer violence.

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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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