Deontay Wilder’s decision not to attend Anthony Joshua’s fight with Andy Ruiz Jr shows he has no intention of fighting the Brit any time soon, according to Eddie Hearn.
Joshua’s team invited the Bronze Bomber to be ringside for AJ’s fight this Saturday, and Wilder himself hinted that he may be there, but co-promoter Shelly Finkel has since revealed his boxer would not be making an appearance.
The Watford man is preparing to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, but a lot of the talk has been about whether Wilder would show his face or not.
However, according to Hearn, he believes the American will no-show because he doesn't want to have to deal with the questions.
“I think because Deontay knows he’s not going to fight Joshua, or he doesn’t want to fight Joshua, there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him,” said Hearn.
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“If he’s there, we’re going to put it on him, the media are going to put it on him and the fans are going to put it on him.
Wilder is AJ’s team’s clear target for his next fight, but there are strong rumours the American’s next fight will be a rematch against Luis Ortiz.
“If he knows he’s fighting Ortiz, there probably isn’t a huge amount of point in him going to be honest. But I hope he goes.
“What can we do? We want the undisputed fight, we can’t make it any clearer.”
Hearn then insisted that his attention is fully focused on Saturday night’s face-off and ensuring AJ successfully defends his titles.
“I don’t care about Deontay Wilder, we’ve got to care about Andy Ruiz.
“Next week, Britain takes over Madison Square Garden and America get to see Anthony Joshua live and up close.
“All I care about is Joshua-Ruiz. Once that’s dealt with, and touch wood AJ gets the win, we’ll move on and push as hard as we can for that fight [against Wilder].”