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Hearn wants Whyte to face Andy Ruiz or Wilder next, Not Povetkin

Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom

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Eddie Hearn wants Dillian Whyte’s next fight to be against either Andy Ruiz Jr or Deontay Wilder in the U.S this summer. However, he’s not interested in a trilogy with Alexander Povetkin. Hearn believes that a fight between former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) and Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) or a Wilder-Whyte fight would be massive.

“He’s achieved so much in the sport, and he’s been in some tremendous fights,” said Eddie Hearn to AK & Barak Show about Povetkin. “He can’t win a world championship now, and I think that’s the only thing Povetkin is in the game for.

“He’s got a lot of money, and he’s got some great memories of historical fight nights. But I don’t think he wants to be in there trying to work his way back to a world championship, so I think that’ll probably be it for him now.

“He’s a very tough man an honorable man. He gave us a scare at Fight camp, but luckily we got the win on Saturday and ended that process.”

Wilder is the more popular of the two, and that’s not going to change.

“Both guys aren’t champions, are they?” said Hearn when asked if Wilder should get more than a 50-50 split if he were to fight Dillian Whyte. “So there’s no ruling for what the split should be. I think you should always worry about what you’ll get. It doesn’t mean that you should do a deal where someone gets more than what you think they should, but you should already worry about what you’ll get.

“If you believe it’s the right fight for you and you believe you can win, as long as your happy with what you’ll get, don’t worry about what he’ll get too much. There’s too much worry bout what he’ll get. No, no, no. Can you win the fight? Is it the right fight for your career? Can you move on from here, are you happy with this amount of money? Do you believe you can win the fight? There’s too much concern about what the other persons are getting.”

It sounds like Hearn will get nowhere fast if he puts effort into putting a fight together between Whyte and Wilder.

Of course, Deontay Wilder is a huge name in America now after those two fights with Fury,” said Hearn. “He’s also a big name in the UK. I haven’t really thought about the split. I would just work with the money and say, ‘Guys, this is what I think is in the fight.

“We can work out a deal. Who knows? We need to see Deontay Wilder back in the ring. I want to see that, and I think he’s great for the sport. And I think the division would be a better place with him in it, so let’s see him get active.

“Dillian has had such a long run of tough fights. I would like to see him come to the states in the summer and have a fight. Whether that’s Trevor Bryan or another American heavyweight to make a mark here. I think Deontay Wilder and I think the Andy Ruiz fight is tremendous as well for Dillian Whyte.

“Dillian Whyte is one of those guys that you can match him against anyone and he’s always exciting. He’s never been in a dull fight, and I just feel that Wilder-Whyte is a barnburner, I really do. I think it’s an absolutely thrilling fight. I’m not sure they’d make it to the ring, but it would be a lot of fun.”


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