Over the past few months, former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been silent. Besides a recent post, “The Bronze Bomber” has not uttered a single word about his rematch. Recently, Promoter Eddie Hearn weighed in on the subject. And he feels Wilder should retire if he does not fight Tyson Fury in the rematch.
The year 2020 has not been kind to anyone, especially Deontay Wilder. The previously undefeated boxer was dominated in his second fight with Tyson Fury and lost his WBC belt via a seventh-round stoppage. Soon after their fight on February 22, Wilder demanded an immediate rematch. Both parties accepted the fight until the pandemic flung all plans out the window.
The duo is now looking forward to locking horns later this year. While Fury has been actively talking about the trilogy and his potential match with Anthony Joshua, Wilder has not spoken a word. His social media is relatively inactive, and he has released no statement regarding his upcoming fight.
This led many critics and pundits to believe that Wilder is not interested in fighting Fury. After all, the “Gypsy King” dismantled him in his last fight. Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has a keen interest in Wilder’s next move as his client’s fate depends on it.
Should Wilder deny fighting Fury next, the latter might box “AJ” sooner than expected. Hearn claimed that Joshua has more flexibility than Fury, who is contractually bound to fight Wilder.
“We’re [Joshua] probably a lot freer to take the fight in December than he [Fury] is. Whether that is to goad us or to challenge us, we accept that challenge to fight in December if you don’t have to fight Deontay Wilder,” Hearn told IFL TV.
Moreover, the British promoter wants Wilder to retire if he elects not to fight Fury.
“If Deontay Wilder doesn’t take that rematch, he should retire from boxing. What’s the point? You’ve been a world heavyweight champion, and now you’ve lost and your bum’s gone… You’ve bottled the rematch, and he won’t. He’s got more about him than that. But he’s worryingly quiet, isn’t he? But we don’t have a problem going into the fight now [with Fury].”
It seems like Hearn is eager to get a response from Wilder. Unfortunately, nobody knows what Wilder is up to. But it is safe to say he will not go down without a fight.