DiBella Bashes Hearn Over Wilder Statement

Eddie Hearn doesn’t know why Deontay Wilder would take a fight with Luis Ortiz.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Hearn, who promotes Anthony Joshua, is unsure why Wilder would take a “high-risk” matchup with the undefeated Cuban southpaw, on March 3rd in Brooklyn, when there were more profitable options with lower risk.

Lou DiBella, who acts as Wilder’s promoter went off on his British counterpart in an interview with the same site, claiming that “… I find it amazing that he’s getting into risk-reward analysis for Deontay. I didn’t twist Deontay’s arm to fight Ortiz. And we all know Eddie would never have put his guy [Joshua] in with Ortiz. He proved that when his guy won the title by taking the easiest possible route [against Charles Martin], and when his guy had his definitive fight against [Wladimir] Klitschko after Tyson Fury had already beaten Klitschko from pillar to post.”


And while he doesn’t begrudge Joshua’s success, nor the reported $18 million dollar payday, the undefeated British fighter will bring in on March 31st, he does take exception to Hearn’s comments when he isn’t eager for Joshua to fight Wilder.

“I’m not faulting Eddie for being a strategic guy,” DiBella said. “…he’s getting a unification fight against a guy who I have no disrespect for. I respect Joseph Parker, but Joseph Parker is not on the same risk level as Luis Ortiz. He can’t knock someone out with a counter left hand. He wasn’t the amateur superstar that Ortiz was. And he can’t punch like Ortiz.

“But you know what? Go out there and promote your fight…. You’re sitting there, trying to criticize a champion for fighting the toughest fight he possibly could fight, for the money that’s actually there. I think he’s showing himself to be less than confident about his own fighter’s ability.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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