Boxing free agent Deontay Wilder RULES OUT signing with Eddie Hearn
Boxing free agent Deontay Wilder RULES OUT signing with Eddie Hearn after the Matchroom promoter had declared interest in setting the former heavyweight champion up with a fight against Andy Ruiz
- Deontay Wilder recently declared himself an ‘open agent’ as he plots next move
- Eddie Hearn said earlier this month he would make a move for the American
- But the former heavyweight champion rejected the idea of signing with Hearn
Former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has ruled out signing with Eddie Hearn after the Matchroom promoter declared interested in setting him up with a fight against Andy Ruiz.
The Bronze Bomber, who was ordered to fight Ruiz by the WBC in November, recently declared himself as an ‘open agent’ to take a more active role in the future of his career.
When quizzed on whether he would make a move for Wilder earlier this month, Hearn told iFL TV: ‘Absolutely. We’d love to. I would love to make Deontay Wilder against Andy Ruiz.
‘I think it’s a great fight, it’s been ordered, and we’d love to try and make it happen… Free agent. There you go.’
Wilder is understood to be open to a range of fights this year after knocking out Robert Helenius in the first round back in October – his first bout since suffering back-to-back defeats to heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has ruled out signing with promoter Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn said earlier this month he would make a move for free agent Wilder to set up a fight with Andy Ruiz
But when approached with rumours over teaming up with Hearn’s Matchroom, Wilder simply told Pro Boxing Fans: ‘That’s negative.’
It may be down to the fact that Wilder has more interested in fighting Anthony Joshua, who he has chased for several years.
The 37-year-old and Joshua are both without world title belts and a victory against the other would revive stagnating careers.
As Wilder looks to recover from his two defeats to Fury, Joshua is looking to respond after consecutive defeats himself to Oleksandr Usyk.
Wilder would no doubt love to end the final years of his career by facing Joshua on UK soil.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed last month that Joshua had agreed to face American Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena in London on April 1.
Joshua has not stepped into the ring since his second defeat to Usyk in August – having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September 2021.
Wilder is more interested in fighting Anthony Joshua than Andy Ruiz, who has not stepped into the ring since his second loss to Usyk in August
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