Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn believes that Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz II won't go ahead and the Bronze Bomber will instead face Tyson Fury in his next fight.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are expected to have their rematch at the beginning of 2020 with both men set to face other opponents later this year as their final warm ups.
However Eddie Hearn thinks that after Wilder saw fellow heavyweight Anthony Joshua lose his world titles to Andy Ruiz Jr the Bronze Bomber will try and avoid following suit.
Speaking to Boxing Social hearn revealed his belief that Wilder will ditch his rematch with Luis Ortiz, saying, "I don't believe Wilder will fight Ortiz.
"I think he'll fight Fury next, I think that's what they'll do. And I think the winner will have to fight Dillian Whyte.
"That's how I see it going. I don't think Wilder now will take the risk of Luis Ortiz.
"I think they'll go straight into that fight at the end of the year and I think the winner will have to fight Dillian Whyte."
After beating Dominic Breazeale in May the WBC heavyweight champion announced that his next fight would be a rematch with Ortiz, ending hopes of AJ fighting the Bronze Bomber.
Joshua then suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr and lost his three versions of the world title, delaying any chance of the titles being unified any time soon.
Whyte should have already potentially had his chance to fight Wilder. The British heavyweight, whose only professional loss was against Joshua, was due to fight Breazeale in a final eliminator.
When the Bronze Bomber's rematch with the Gypsy King was delayed the WBC made Breazeale the number one contender for the title without his fight with Whyte.
Instead the Body Snatcher faces Oscar Rivas next month and Hearn expects that fight to be for an interim title, adding, "I believe it will be interim title and a final eliminator for the mandatory position, it's just a case of boxing off when that will be.
"It's 600 days this week since Dillian Whyte's been WBC number one so we don't want to wait too much longer, but July 20 will be a very important fight for his career because if he wins that fight he will get a shot at the WBC world title."
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