Deontay Wilder has a “lot of unrest” in his team, but a showdown with Dillian Whyte remains “one of the biggest fights in boxing”, says promoter Eddie Hearn. The American heavyweight’s career has stalled due to an ongoing dispute over a third fight with Tyson Fury, who stopped Wilder to claim the WBC title in Las Vegas last February.
“I think there’s a lot of unrest in that team,” Hearn said. “Obviously Mark Breland and Jay Deas and Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, the old saying, ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’.”
“Sometimes a massive team of people that actually aren’t all on the same boat can be a disaster. I think in that team now, it’s so disjointed and fragmented, that I don’t know what they’re going to do,” he added. “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.”
“First things first is March 6 for Dillian Whyte. 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.” Hearn continued. “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. I certainly wouldn’t be looking to put him in with Dillian Whyte straight off the bat. He needs a fight in my opinion. Presumably, he’s going to be working with a new team of trainers.”