Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Deontay Wilder SLAMS Eddie Hearn and claims Anthony Joshua is being exploited

Deontay Wilder SLAMS Eddie Hearn and claims Anthony Joshua is being exploited

Still, the 38-year-old has yet to face a fighter of Wilder's caliber, and the champion believed that gives him a considerable edge.

The WBC champion puts his title on the line against undefeated Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz here in NY on Saturday night in what is widely considered the hardest fight of his career to date.

While the WBC has since cleared Ortiz of their original allegation, this does not mark the first time Ortiz was penalized for the use of PEDs, as his 1st round TKO of Lateef Kayode was overturned as a result of a positive post-fight drug test. Ortiz is not the sole offender at the top level of the division; former WBA champion Alexander Povetkin has failed two pre-fight drug tests in the last 2 years, prompting his scheduled bouts against Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne to be scrapped.

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Matchroom Sport kingpin Hearn, however, wasn't letting this stand. "I'm still going to knock him out in the ring, but he's going to get some money to support his family and I want to provide that for [him]". Period. I don't see anyone else with the set of skills he possesses as a heavyweight. He said that Joshua would beat me in three rounds. People ask me why I'm fighting him. Ortiz is determined to also knockout Wilder not only for the insults and what he says are false accusations, but to also make history, and then challenge the victor of the Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker, W.B.A., W.B.O., I.B.F. & I.B.O.

"I mean what I say, I mean what I feel and I'm ready for whoever". This is the best fight in boxing that can be made. That is just the first time they got caught.

Hearn is prepared to offer a two-fight deal to Wilder, which would see Joshua making his debut in the US.

Talking of milking the cow, I think Deontay's got a chip on his shoulder, because his udders are dry, Hearn told Sky Sports News. People knew Ortiz. Even though his following is not big, they understand and know who he is.

But speaking with BBC, Wilder said: "I don't believe Hearn wants this fight at all. Deontay Wilder is a problem for anyone in the division".

"It's more Hearn than Joshua".

"We know his story about his daughter, and you guys all know my story about my daughter, so when I saw that I thought, 'You know, I've got to bless him with a second opportunity because he's trying to support his family just as well as I'm trying to support my family'". Wilder says that Joshua has consistently tried to stay out of the conversation but that he'll leave him no options on March 31. Eddie doesn't have to take a punch in his life.

"I think Deontay deserves incredible props for taking this kind of risk and embracing it", promoter Lou DiBella said. He explained that, as a heavyweight, he doesn't need to cut weight, which would make it useless for him to use a banned diuretic for illegal purposes.

Wilder is all but assured a fight with Joshua as long as he holds up his end of the deal and doesn't lose.

Looking past his history with drugs is just too hard to do in this case, making the idea of Ortiz truly being the most well-rounded and risky heavyweight in boxing just that - an idea, if not an outright mirage.

Ortiz, the Miami-based Cuban defector, is the ideal fighter to test the defensive liabilities displayed by Wilder.

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