No adding to those frequent flyer miles for Deontay Wilder, who actually will not fly to Wales and watch the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker fight Saturday, do commentary and then walk into the ring to stir the pot in the face of the winner.
Yep, Wilder decided he’d not take the time and energy to go to Wales, after being told that he’d not necessarily be welcomed to come into the ring to do some pot stirring.
“If I was Deontay Wilders’ promoter, I would be pushin’ and kickin’ him here, I wouldn’t give him a choice,” AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn said to interviewer Gareth Davies on Wednesday. “It’s outrageous that he’s not coming.”
Hearn said he took issue with Wilder trying to set the script, basically, and it was told to Wilder it wouldn't go like that.
From an ESPN piece: Wilder was supposed to be ringside in Cardiff and had made demands to be in the ring after the fight, but Hearn insisted that was no guarantee, which has ultimately contributed to Wilder's decision to stay at home.
“He [Wilder] said ‘I must be in the ring after' and we said ‘yeah, you'll probably be invited,' but it's not a script,” Hearn told ESPN. “You don't get in the ring at this time. Anthony will probably call you into the ring, but it's not like we're announcing a fight.
“He's was going to work for Sky. I mean he would have been a yard from Anthony Joshua as he's getting interviewed but he just didn't fancy it. Dillian Whyte's there as well. He would have been calling Wilder's name out.
But, one can see Wilders’ point, no? Terms are being dictated to the man, and terms are being dictated by people who’ve accused him of not being properly promoted. Well, this would be a potent promotional situation, but he’s feeling like he's being set-up so he'll maybe not be able to do that.
Davies opined that Wilders’ decision was a “massive media blunder,” dispensing with objectivity, and Hearn continued to rant. “Inexplicable,” said Davies. “This is the center of heavyweight boxing for the next 72 hours,” said the interviewer. “Or the next 72 years,” said Hearn.
Wilder spoke to Lem Satterfield about his decision:
“Getting into the ring was one of the things I negotiated with Sky Sports. I told them that if I was going over there, I’ve gotta get in the ring, and they said it wouldn’t be a problem. Now they’re saying it can’t happen. So as a team, we decided not to go over there,” Wilder said.
“They’re saying that I need to hype my profile, but what’s better than having me and Joshua going face-to-face in the ring after the fight. That’s like a free advertisement. But they started talking about not allowing me into the ring and ordering protection against me and all of that stuff, like they didn’t even want me in the building.”
I messaged Wilders’ promoter, Lou DiBella, to get his take, and will insert when I hear back.
How do you guys see this sitch?