Deontay Wilder still has no fixed plans to return to the ring, almost a year after suffering his first defeat to Tyson Fury.
The former WBC heavyweight world champion was owed a trilogy fight by the Brit, but the ‘Gypsy King’ and his camp are now adamant this contractual obligation has expired.
Wilder insists the third fight must still take place and there remains an ongoing legal situation regarding this behind the scenes to settle this matter.
As things stand though, Fury is close to finalising a deal to face Anthony Joshua twice instead.
Wilder admitted in an interview late last year that he could return against a different foe in early 2021, though this is yet to materialise.
Reports then emerged suggesting that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ could face former AJ foe Charles Martin.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told IFL TV about these reports: “I really wanna see Wilder back, he’s great for boxing, and so’s Andy Ruiz.
“It’s a good fight, Charles Martin can fight.
“I know AJ cleaned him out in two rounds but that was a great performance.
“Charles Martin can fight. He was a good fighter then and he’s a good fighter now.
“Charles Martin might beat Deontay Wilder.”
Martin became known as a joke figure in British boxing after being swiftly knocked out by AJ in 2016.
The brash American ex-champion won the IBF title by virtue of his opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov suffering an injury early in their fight.
He then famously told Joshua, ‘I walk this Earth like a God,’ and entered the ring wearing a crown before being unceremoniously dethroned in his first defence.
Since then, Martin silenced some critics with a valiant display against Adam Kownacki, although he did lose the thrilling fight on points.
In his most recent bout, the 34-year-old scored a big KO of Gerald Washington on the undercard of the Wilder vs Fury rematch.
Hearn also gave his thoughts on Wilder’s recent spat with his sacker former coach Mark Breland.
The promoter concluded: “Go and listen to that interview from Deontay Wilder last night. He’s completely lost his mind, completely lost his mind.
“When you start talking about yourself in the third person, ‘Kings, let me tell you what kings do.’
“What are you talking about? Kings? ‘Yeah kings, because I’m a king.’
“You’re not king. You got beat. You could become king, but you’re not at the moment.”