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Hearn: Wilder Won't Be at MSG Because He Doesn't Want Joshua

Eddie Hearn, promoter for WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says he is not surprised that WBC champion Deontay Wilder will not be ringside this coming Saturday night.

Last week, Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, said his boxer will not be ringside for Joshua's fight with Andy Ruiz on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A week back, Wilder crushed mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale with a first round knockout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Hearn believes Wilder is going to face Luis Ortiz in a rematch in the coming months, and being ringside for Joshua would create a lot of pressure on Wilder to face the British star next.

If Wilder is not available, there is no word on what Hearn will do as a Plan B for his fighter, since Oleksandr Usyk is recovering from an injury and will not be interested in facing Joshua in his first bout at heavyweight.

"I think because Deontay knows he’s not going to fight Joshua, or he doesn’t want to fight Joshua, there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him,’ Hearn told IFL TV.

"If he’s there, we’re going to put it on him, the media are going to put it on him and the fans are going to put it on him. And if he knows he’s fighting Ortiz, there probably isn’t a huge amount of point in him going to be honest. But I hope he goes.

"What can we do? We want the undisputed fight, we can’t make it any clearer. I don’t care about Deontay Wilder, we’ve got to care about Andy Ruiz. Next week, Britain takes over Madison Square Garden and America get to see Anthony Joshua live and up close. All I care about is Joshua-Ruiz. Once that’s dealt with, and touch wood AJ gets the win, we’ll move on and push as hard as we can for that fight [against Wilder]."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=Kezzer;19829134]Being realistic we all know that canelo fight did over one mil views. Of that one mil all will have had Joshua fight for free and given Ruiz his Mexican background it stands good reason that a reasonable portion of…

Comment by Kezzer on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19828895]You're the genius who said DAZN refused to reveal the numbers then said AJ only got 5,000 to 10,000 viewers. Not even you can keep up with your own bullshlt. Maybe this is one of your other personalities that's posting…

Comment by Kezzer on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=Fanofreason;19827329]Wilder has always beat AJ in tv rating in US. That’s why Wilder was always the A side. Hearn been the moron blocking the fight.[/QUOTE] Erm shouldn’t a American have a better rating in America? I know your as bias…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19821624]That coward Wilder got his ass beat by Fury but typical corruption in the US ripped him off with the draw. Next.[/QUOTE] aj got his ass beat. STOPPED and his belts took. Next [email protected]

Comment by Sid-Knee on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19828843]Ok genius, which fighter received the largest broadcasting viewing audience in the states? Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder? Who did better numbers? Wilder did on average around 900,000 views and peaked around a million on Showtime. While Joshua on the…

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