Eddie Hearn claims Wilder-Ortiz II is off, will fight Tyson Fury next instead

Eddie Hearn does not believe Deontay Wilder will take the risk of fighting Luis Ortiz again and will instead bring forward his rematch with Tyson Fury to the end of the year.

The Bronze Bomber announced in May he would be taking on Ortiz, though neither a date nor a venue were confirmed, while a rematch against Fury was pencilled in for February or March of 2020.

But having seen Anthony Joshua stunned by the unfancied Andy Ruiz Jr., Hearn says Wilder will be keen to secure an enormously lucrative rematch with Fury as soon as possible.

‘I don’t believe Wilder will fight Ortiz. I think he’ll fight Fury next,’ Hearn told Boxing Social.

‘I think that’s what they’ll do, and 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, which is very bad on Luis Ortiz considering they made him turn down the Joshua fight.

‘I think they’ll go straight into that fight at the end of the year and the winner will have to fight Dillian Whyte.’

Hearn says Whyte’s fight against Oscar Rivas next month will determine the WBC mandatory, explaining: ‘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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