Eddie Hearn analyses Deontay Wilder's victory over Luis Ortiz

The fight in New York last night between defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz might have been tactical at times in the ring, but nowhere near as tactical as Eddie Hearn’s moves outside the ring to negotiate and dominate the structure of the forthcoming heavyweight fights.

As with any promoter, Hearn is happy with the standard of the boxing last night, but unhappy with the purse split for the two fighters.

Hearn bemoans the fact that he believes purses to be always 10-20% lighter than they should be for a fight of this nature, money being creamed off by people similar to himself, and was bemused as to why Wilder took $2.1 million to Ortiz’s $500,000.

So, why did Wilder take the bigger slice of the pie?

Perhaps behind the scenes the paymasters see Wilder as the more likely man to progress towards an astronomical payday showdown with Anthony Joshua and are keen to keep him and his team happy.

Ortiz, the 38-year-old unbeaten Cuban, looks to have less appeal and longevity than Wilder.

Even though Ortiz has overcome many of his doping issues, it seems as though he was there last night just to make up the numbers. 

Earlier this week, Wilder fired the following accusation at Hearn regarding his management of Anthony Joshua.

“Eddie Hearn is just another white man milking a black man, that’s all it is.”

Even though this is a reckless statement, but probably true of many previous black fighters under various promoters, Hearn would have not liked hearing this.

As expected, Hearn has had his say on Wilder’s performance last night vs Ortiz, and he revealed all during a phone-call with iFL TV.

When asked by the host what he made of the fight, Hearn replied: “Yeah I thought it was a great fight.

“It was slow to start, thought Ortiz was winning the fight quite comfortably and had obviously hurt Wilder badly in the seventh round.

“But listen, fair play to Wilder. He showed heart. He came through when he looked like he was completely out. He showed what he’s got, he’s got the equaliser.

You can listen to the full chat with Hearn in the video below.

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