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Eddie Hearn Brutally Responds To Deontay Wilder After He Criticises Anthony Joshua's Approach Against Andy Ruiz

Eddie Hearn Brutally Responds To Deontay Wilder After He Criticises Anthony Joshua's Approach Against Andy Ruiz

Eddie Hearn has issued a strong reply to Deontay Wilder after the WBC world champion was highly critical of Anthony Joshua's performance in his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua avenged his first professional defeat at the hands of the Mexican fighter back in, beating Ruiz convincingly on points to deservedly reclaim his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in Saudi Arabia.

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It was anything but vintage from AJ, who controlled the fight by keeping his distance and sitting behind his jab, but knockout artist Wilder wasn't impressed.

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He said Joshua "ran around the ring and was on his bike all day" in a scathing attack.

When MatchRoom boxing head honcho Hearn was informed of Wilder's comments, he took issue with 'the Bronze Bomber' stating that he's the top dog in the heavyweight division and called him out for his poor ticket sales and pay-per-view buys in his victory over Luis Ortiz.

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Speaking to IFL TV, Hearn responded: "What after Anthony Joshua just put on an absolutely public exhibition and schooled the world heavyweight champion?

"We spent too much energy and time talking about Wilder who, in the grand scheme of things, has just boxed in America at Las Vegas and sold 7,000 f***ing tickets and done about 100,000 buys on pay-per-view.

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"No-one gives a monkey's about Deontay Wilder. Sorry, it's true."

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Wilder, who was linked with a mega-unification bout with Joshua in the past, blasted 'AJ' for having Wladimir Klitschko in his camp and using the Ukrainian legend's 'boring' boxing style.

He told The Athletic: "Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day.

"Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That's all he did tonight.

"You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I'm just too rough, too hardcore and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice s**t... my mentality is so different from these other fighters.

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"But when I think of myself as a champion... you want to come out there and whoop his a*s.

"I'm not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold.

"I'm going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no-one is close to me, especially with what's going on in the division right now. It's a time of proving who is the best."

Topics: Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Eddie Hearn, Deontay Wilder, WBC

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