Eddie Hearn has condemned the recent statements made by Deontay Wilder at the press conference for the fight against Dominic Breazeale.
Wilder is set to defend his WBC heavyweight title against fellow American boxer Breazeale at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on May 18 after negotiations fell through for the highly anticipated rematch with Tyson Fury on the back of their controversial draw last December.
At last week's press conference, the Bronze Bomber advised Breazeale to ‘make some funeral arrangements’ before taking the ring in two-months' time.
The comment has not gone down well with Hearn, who asserted that it is particularly distasteful in a sport where there are high risks involved for fighters at every juncture.
“I just think, on comments like that, this is a sport where anything can happen and terrible things have happened in the ring," Hearn told iFL TV.
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"And I just think, if something bad happened, and you’ve said that, you’ll probably regret that for the rest of your life.”
He considered that Wilder is an emotional fighter and could have made the remark in the heat of the moment, but, Hearn would rather prefer if the current era of boxers tried to inspire the future generations towards a more respectful sport in the future.
“Some things get said in the heat of the moment, he’s a very emotional guy Wilder – or he’s a very good actor, might be a bit of both actually,” continued the 39-year-old.
“But for me, and this will probably sound boring, I would rather try and let these fighters inspire a generation of young people and be role models, rather than talk about opponents making funeral arrangements. I think it’s bad for the sport.
“But he’s the bad guy. He wants to try and build this fight, build the excitement. But if anything happened in the ring, and you said that, you’re going to live an unhappy life.”
The Brit further expressed his opinion about the upcoming fight of Fury scheduled for June 15 in Las Vegas against German counterpart Tom Schwarz and he’s not impressed.
“It’s a dreadful fight. You’ve just fought Deontay Wilder, you’ve basically beat Deontay Wilder – I know it was close but most people had him winning the fight. They’ve ordered a rematch, pulled out of the rematch, and now you’re fighting Tom Schwarz,” Hearn added.
“If Anthony Joshua did that, what do you think the reaction would be? But I don’t blame Tyson Fury. He’s been given a load of money to have an easy touch, no problem."
“I just feel that AJ gets a lot of unfair criticism in terms of his resume, and who he’s fighting, and then Fury goes and fights Tom Schwarz. No disrespect to Tom Schwarz, but he’s not even top 15 in the world.”