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Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims Deontay Wilder is ‘overrated’ and ‘NEVER beaten an elite heavyweight’

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of British boxing sensation Anthony Joshua, has launched a scathing attack on American boxer Deontay Wilder, calling him overrated and stating that he has never defeated a top-ranked heavyweight. The two fighters are currently in talks for a highly-anticipated super-fight which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia in January, with Hearn leading the negotiations.

Fighting Words

In an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn expressed his disbelief at the high regard in which Wilder is held, stating, "He's never beaten a top-five heavyweight. Luis Ortiz is his best win – he was getting smashed in the first fight, he was 7-0 down in the second fight. He's never beaten an elite heavyweight."

Wilder, 37, has had a successful career, holding the WBC heavyweight title for ten defenses before suffering defeats to Tyson Fury in their rematch and trilogy bout. In his most recent fight last October, Wilder knocked out Robert Helenius in just 40 seconds.

Path to Joshua

Helenius, who was the replacement for Dillian Whyte following a failed drug test, was also defeated by Joshua in seven rounds. With both fighters having similar opponents, Hearn sees it as the perfect setup for a blockbuster bout between Joshua and Wilder.

"I think that he [Joshua] can beat Deontay Wilder comfortably, but he could also get beat by Deontay Wilder. I don't think necessarily, I mean, the good thing is he got – what was it – seven rounds in against a tall opponent who can punch a bit with the backhand?" Hearn said. "I think it's difficult to replicate certainly the power of Deontay Wilder. But I've always felt that AJ can outbox Deontay Wilder."

Negotiations Underway

Hearn is set to engage in talks with Saudi's Skills Challenge Entertainment, as well as Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel, to finalize the details of the much-anticipated fight between Joshua and Wilder.

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