Matchroom Sport MD Eddie Hearn has many fights in his mind, but one stands out from the rest as he calls it “one of the biggest fights in boxing”- to see Dillian Whyte take on Deontay Wilder in the ring.
It has been almost a year since Wilder was last seen donning the sparring gloves, that too against the iconic rematch against Tyson Fury, where he lost his WBC heavyweight belt via a 7th round TKO, which also marked his first career defeat.
While Fury has moved his concentration away from a trilogy fight to squaring off against Anthony Joshua, there has not been much talks surrounding Wilder’s next bout, although the pugilist has made headlines for rather controversial reasons, one of them being the verbal abuse on his team members, which included longtime co-trainer Mark Breland.
Eddie Hearn says Wilder “needs to get back in the ring,” and Dillian Whyte is the ideal opponent
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Eddie Hearn lamented the rough patch Wilder has found himself into and asserted that he would very much want to see “The Bronze Bomber” back in action.
“Sometimes a massive team of people that actually aren’t all on the same boat can be a disaster,” Hearn said, “I think in that team now, it’s so disjointed and fragmented, that I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
“I’ll let them sort out their problems. Hope to see Wilder in the ring. Good fighter, great for the sport of boxing, so let’s see these fights,” the 41-year-old promoter added.
Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte, the former WBC interim heavyweight champion is setting himself up for his title rematch against Alexander Povetkin on 6th March, which will also mark Whyte’s return to the ring after losing his green belt against the Russian in August last year.
Speaking about a potential Wilder-Whyte clash, Hearn called it “one of the biggest fights in boxing” but still insisted that Whyte must avenge his loss against Povetkin to earn his slot.
“First things first is March 6 for Dillian Whyte,” Hearn said. “If he loses that, then he can forget fighting Deontay Wilder, and he can forget fighting for a world championship, so he must win that fight.”
“For me, outside of AJ against Fury, Whyte-Wilder remains one of the biggest fights in boxing. I would love to make that fight. I think Deontay Wilder needs to get back in the ring.” (H/T BoxingScene)