Eddie Hearn fiercely criticized Wilder: 'He has never beaten an elite heavyweight'

Wilder himself did not have an answer to the question of whether this was his last performance, and he did not rule out the possibility

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Eddie Hearn fiercely criticized Wilder: 'He has never beaten an elite heavyweight'
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Deontay Wilder, the once-feared "Bronze Bomber," suffered a crushing loss to Joseph Parker on Saturday night. Gone is the ferocious champion, replaced by a shadow with no apparent strategy and less and less fire. Wilder's apathy was reflected in his sluggish movements and predictable offense, allowing Parker to dictate the pace with measured striking and solid defense.

Parker, taking advantage of Wilder's disarray, kept him at bay for twelve rounds, peppering him with punches and enduring occasional wild swings. Although he lacked Wilder's raw power, Parker showed tactical prowess, frustrating the American and ultimately earning a well-deserved victory on the scorecards.

Hearn: Wilder's defeat is not a surprise

This unexpected loss affects the heavyweight landscape. The much-anticipated Wilder-Anthony Joshua clash, previously seen as the culmination of years of hype, is now further away than ever.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, even suggested that Wilder's loss could be a blessing in disguise, giving Joshua alternative routes to a world title shot. "Joseph did everything he needed to do tonight. I said in the announcements of this match that I don't give him much chance.

Wilder has no idea. He lost 120-108, he lost every round, and then after the match he stood in front of the referee, raised his hands and said how he won the match. He's not right,'' Hearn told TNT Sports. "Deontay Wilder is not the future.

If anyone was going to spoil his plans, I'm glad it was Joseph Parker and his coach Andy Lee. What's the surprise here? I do not know. I've said this before, but Deontay Wilder has never beaten an elite heavyweight. Joshua was several levels above him,'' he clarified his position.

Wilder himself did not have an answer to the question of whether this was his last performance, and he did not rule out the possibility. The impression is that he no longer has any desire to fight and win, and last night he proved it with a bad approach against Joseph Parker.

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