Hearn: Wilder Would Take Franchise Title To Duck Joshua or Whyte

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder would certainly accept the World Boxing Council's new position of 'franchise' champion in order to avoid a mandatory fight.

Wilder is back in the ring on November 23rd when he defends his belt against Luis Ortiz in a rematch at Las Vegas' MGM Grand.

In a recent interview, Wilder rejected the idea of becoming a WBC franchise champion.


Earlier this year, the WBC began the franchise champion trend by handing that status to Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. More recently, they appointed Vasiliy Lomachenko as the franchise champion at lightweight.

The status of franchise champion is viewed as an abomination by boxing fans and media alike. The franchise champion is not really a champion - it's more of a status symbol within the sanctioning body. Whoever holds that status is not obligated to make any mandatory defenses. More importantly, the franchise is not capable of losing his status in defeat. If a boxer defeats a franchise champion, he does not obtain that special status.

Given those facts, Hearn believes Wilder would certainly accept that label if certain circumstances came up.

"You can't take anything Wilder says seriously," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"First of all he says 'one face, one name, one champion', and then we chase the undisputed fight for over a year, and he don't want to know, and Joshua loses and it's 'one face, one name, one champion' again.

"Now he says he'll turn down a Franchise belt. If he gets the opportunity to duck Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua, or anybody by being elevated to Franchise champion, he would do it in a heartbeat. Don't take what Deontay Wilder says too seriously."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Angeljuice on 11-14-2019

[QUOTE=ChadVegas;20186230]Very funny but true... I will knock him spark out.....then Crickets If Puzzyfruit beats Wilder I will put on a dress and call me Nancy[/QUOTE] Hey Nancy, how's the dress fitting coming? I heard these things take time so best…

Comment by Angeljuice on 11-14-2019

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;20185388]sorry your national hero got duffed by a 25-1 dog American lol....I know your pride is still hurt....[/QUOTE] He's an American? He seems more Mexican to me, his loyalty and patriotism don't seem very Washington bound. Americans always see…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 11-13-2019

[QUOTE=ChadVegas;20186202]Whyte ducked WBC eliminator w Ortiz to make him Mando Then ducked IBF eliminator w Pulev You cant miss eliminators then get busted for PEDS Breezy was Wilders mando not Whyte.. Whyte was #1 ranked contender the mando gets to…

Comment by REDEEMER on 11-12-2019

Wilder wouldn't ask to be that unless he became multi belt holder or cleared out the rest of the WBC like Ortiz rematch, Fury questionable draw and guys like Usyk and Whyte . He doesn't need a Franchise belt to…

Comment by Angeljuice on 11-12-2019

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;20185263]I guess you forgot what preceded that offer....and hearn didn't offer wilder was DAZN....and DAZN did so without hearn you should try getting your facts straight....DAZN told hearn to stay home while they brought wilder in and…

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