Lou DiBella let rip on a recent conference call with the media on what he sees as rival promoter Eddie Hearn’s lack of respect for WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.
DiBella is clearly irate with some of the things Hearn has stated about Wilder in recent interviews and wants the Matchroom boss to get serious regarding a unification with Anthony Joshua in 2018.
Hearn wants Wilder to defend his green strap against Dillian Whyte before he gets anywhere near star fighter Joshua, whilst DiBella would rather not see the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in the same ring as the one-beaten Briton.
“If Eddie Hearn wants Anthony Joshua fight in 2018, he knows who to call. By the way, maybe if he really wanted that fight his promoter would be more respectful to Deontay instead of continuing to try to bad mouth him and belittle him.
“If he really wanted to fight he’d stop talking about some ordinary guy named Dillian Whyte and stop calling out Deontay with an ordinary guy and start talking in real terms about making a unified heavyweight championship fight.
“But right now Deontay has got to get past Bermane Stiverne. He’s got to do that on November 4. That’s not going to be a day in the park. And frankly, it’s not going to be largely because Deontay was preparing for an entirely different fight, once again.
“And once again he got victimized by the politics, the cheating, the lack of professionalism on the part of so many people in this sport that don’t know how to properly fill out forms. It’s the third time a fight has been cancelled in 18 months.
“Someone made a comment about Bermane Stiverne said he ate his breakfast. I wish the same person would have asked a different question.
“How do you fight one fight in two years against a guy that knocked you down and subsequently gets knocked out, and barely do anything and you’re still the WBC mandatory? That would have been a better question.
“But in the meantime, there’s nothing we can do about it. November 4, I’m worried about the fight because Stiverne has got nothing to lose and Deontay has got everything to lose.
“People should come out and see an honorable heavyweight champion, an honest heavyweight champion and one who doesn’t cheat, defend his title at Barclays Center November 4 on a great card on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING,” he added.