By Radio Rahim
Earlier this month in New York, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) made some controversial statements about Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).
Wilder accused Hearn of being nothing more than another 'white' promoter who takes advantage of a 'black' fighter.
"He's just another white man milking a brother - period. I don't have no filter, that's why people love me," Wilder explained to BoxingScene.com.
Wilder pulled off a sensational win on March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he retained his WBC world title with a tenth round stoppage over undefeated Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz.
Hearn was not offended by Wilder's statements and believes the undefeated puncher needs some 'milking' of his own. The British promoter believes Wilder should be a much bigger star in the United States and earning far more money than he's currently making per fight.
"It's outrageous really. I like some fighters comments, specifically Ishe Smith, who came out and said 'if making $20 million a fight is being milked, please come and milk me,' or something like that. Anthony Joshua owns the pub and I work for Anthony Joshua," Hearn told BoxingScene.com.
"Deontay Wilder pays considerably more percentages to a team of people to promote him, to manage him and advise him than Anthony Joshua does. And Anthony Joshua earns 10 times what Deontay Wilder makes in one fight, per fight.
"Deontay Wilder needs some help, he needs some help from a real promoter. How is Deontay Wilder not a star? How is Deontay Wilder earning such a little amount of money? He's the WBC champion, he's a massive personality, he's a really good fighter, he looks the part, he talks the part, he's the ultimate package - and yet still his popularity level is very low and he's making tiny money for world champion boxing at that level. So, he needs some milking."
Joshua returns on March 31, when he faces WBO champion Joseph Parker in a high stakes unification from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Wilder will be ringside for the Joshua vs. Parker encounter - and he plans to call out the winner.