Lou DiBella appeared as a guest of the SiriusXM Boxing Radio Show on Monday to air his damning verdict on Anthony Joshua’s avoidance of Deontay Wilder.
DiBella even went so far as to accuse Joshua of glove taping tactics in order to recover from a mid-round wobble against the New Zealander.
The biggest fight in boxing is said to be on course for negotiations, although the long-time promoter remains sceptical of interest from the UK side.
Answering the question if Joshua is afraid to fight Wilder: “I think when everyone around you is afraid, it’s gonna make you think too,” said DiBella.
“Do I think he’s afraid? Justifiably. I gotta be honest with you – I saw a lot of stuff in that Parker fight that I think a lot of other people saw, particularly people on the other side of the pond and are hesitant to talk about.
“Even though he clearly won the fight, I saw a guy that clearly didn’t want to take a risk. I saw a guy who didn’t want to engage.
“Parker has a decent jab and is a good fighter; better boxer than a lot of people thought but not a huge puncher.
“I didn’t see Anthony Joshua taking any chances in that fight at all. And in fact, I saw Anthony Joshua get buzzed by Joseph Parker and then pull his own tape off his glove to create his own timeout, and I gotta be honest with you, that made me lose a little bit of respect,” he added.
Joshua fighting Wilder next has been made a longer shot by British bookmakers than a battle against Jarrell Miller or Dillian Whyte, whilst ‘The Bronze Bomber’ isn’t holding his breath that negotiations will lead to a contest in 2018.
Las Vegas has been touted to stage a massive undisputed Pay-Per-View clash at the back end of the year, with a rematch return slated for London’s Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2019.
Listen to Lou on the show here: https://twitter.com/SiriusXMBoxing/status/980968333305700352
At the Fights airs Mondays and Fridays from 6-8p ET on the first and only nationally-broadcast combat radio channel, SiriusXM RUSH 93, and is hosted by former New York State athletic commissioner Randy Gordon and former #1-ranked Heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney.