Eddie Hearn believes Deontay Wilder would break his promise to fans about the WBC ‘franchise’ title, if it allows him to ‘duck’ Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua.
In recent months, Canelo Alvarez and Vasyl Lomachenko have been upgraded from being standard WBC world champions and are now in a position where they don’t have to face mandatory challengers and can’t be dethroned by a defeat.
As a result, they are now ‘franchise’ champions while Jermall Charlo and Devin Haney have replaced them as the standard champions.
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Last week, Wilder came out and declared that he is against this new title, claiming that, after listening to fans, he decided he would not accept the designation if it is ever offered to him.
However, Hearn told Sky: “You can’t take anything Wilder says seriously.
“First of all he says, ‘one face, one name, one champion,’ and then we chase the undisputed fight for over a year, and he don’t want to know.
“Joshua loses and it’s, ‘one face, one name, one champion,’ again.
“Now he says he’ll turn down a ‘franchise’ belt.
“If he gets the opportunity to duck Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua, or anybody by being elevated to ‘franchise’ champion, he would do it in a heartbeat.
“Don’t take what Deontay Wilder says too seriously.”
When initially asked about the topic, Wilder told reporters: “Many people ask me about the ‘franchise’ belt or whatever.
“I don’t know much about it. From what I’m hearing it allows you to stay a champion, you don’t have to fight mandatories and stuff like that.
“If that’s the case, I’m not interested in that.
“I want the mandatories. That’s what makes the sport, guys working their way up, work hard to become number one and then become a mandatory…
“Hopefully nothing comes my way about a ‘franchise’ belt.
“I don’t have nothing against guys that have taken it. I’m just listening to the fans and I’m listening to my heart as well too.
“I don’t think being a ‘franchise’ champion would fit me.
“If they wanna give someone else that belt over me, I’m fine with that.”