EDDIE HEARN warned Deontay Wilder he would lose to Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.

The Matchroom supremo, 41, also confirmed AJ wants to fight the Bronze Bomber as long as the match-up is commercially right.

Mexican brawler Ruiz, 31, is responsible for the only blemish on Joshua's record after a stunning KO victory over the Brit in New York in 2019.

The Watford man avenged his shock loss in the pair's rematch later that year in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

Wilder has not stepped foot in the ring since he was obliterated by Tyson Fury – who is in negotiations with AJ over a colossal two-fight deal – in February last year.

And Hearn claims Ruiz – who hasn't fought since losing his rematch with Joshua – and heavyweight champ AJ would both be too good for the American who should be 'careful' after namechecking both as potential opponents.

He told iFL TV: "Two great fights. We tried so hard to fight Deontay Wilder and he never wanted to fight AJ but now he wants to fight him.

"It's the same thing with Dillian Whyte – he did everything to try and fight Deontay Wilder.

I think Andy Ruiz will give Deontay Wilder fits."

"Deontay Wilder does not beat Anthony Joshua and he does not beat Andy Ruiz either, that's for sure.

"He has to be very careful of those fights and now Andy Ruiz has teamed up with Eddie Reynoso in the team, I think he's going to be a real force.

"I don't think there's many heavyweights out there who will beat Andy Ruiz, honestly. If he's on it and he will be with Eddie Reynoso.

"I think he'll give Deontay Wilder fits but he's fighting [Chris] Areola which he'll win in style.

"And let's see Deontay back in the ring, enough talking now. It's been a year since he boxed – come on, let's see you back."


Leading promoter Hearn revealed Wilder could fight AJ in 2022 after two bouts against the Gypsy King.

Hearn suggested the Alabama slammer turned down the 'deal of a lifetime' to get the fight on previously when Wilder was still the WBC belt holder.

He told Sky Sports: "If it's the right fight for AJ, not stylistically, but if it's the right commercial fight.

"Listen, Deontay Wilder knows he turned down the deal of a lifetime to fight Anthony Joshua, but he made his bed and respect to him.

"I want to see him back in the ring.

"All we're focusing on is the Tyson Fury fight, and anything else happens in 2022, because those two fights will be our plan for 2021."

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