The occasionally combustible Lou Dibella has been less combustible of late concerning the topic of Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua. I was hoping for combustion on Thursday, when I talked to Lou at a media lunch for an Aug. 4 Long Island fight card topped by an Andre Berto v Devon Alexander main event. (Read more about the rest of the lunch here.)
And he dropped an eff bomb or two, for Everlast“Talkbox,” but he was measured and chill when it came to the subject of Wilder vs Joshua.
The fight is going to get made when “AJ, trainer Robert McCracken, and Eddie Hearn (read about what he's been up to here) think it’s the right time,” Lou told me. “Eddie’s a business-man, AJ’s no dummy, and McCracken is a really good trainer and really good assessor of the landscape. This fight’s gonna happen when they are ready.”
The promoter spoke of the DAZN Tuesday presser, where we saw Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller look to steal the show, with his verbal tirade against AJ. “I wouldn’t be surprised if after AJ versus Povetkin (Sept. 22 in England) it’s not Jarrell Miller vs AJ in the United States.”
Looks and feels like it’s headed in that direction, yes indeed…
“When I say I don’t care, it’s not that I don’t care because there’s any ill feeling,” Dibella continued. He said he saw Deontay at the ESPYs, taking pics with people like Dr. Dre and LL Cool J, and getting out there and spreading the word about his talent and charisma. “He’s a beast, his knockout power is number one in all of boxing, up there with the greatest who’ve ever fought, that’s how great his KO power is. People want to take issue with his fundamentals, I don’t care. This is a man who can put anyone to sleep on the face of the earth. And I would argue the baddest man on the planet right now, as good as AJ is, the baddest man on the planet right now is Deontay. Whatever fight we announce next, he’s going to go in there and try and take someone’s head off. And not try to hurt them permanently, but he’s going to go in there and try and knock someone the eff out!”
So maybe we see Wilder vs Joshua in August 2019?
“Sounds believable,” Dibella said. “The fight’s gonna happen and it ain’t gonna be a Mayweather-Pacquiao wait seven year thing, but I ain’t chasing somebody man, I’m not. And Deontay’s through chasing people…and I even think Shelly’s through chasing people. We did the best we could, we put our best feet forward!”
So, when will Wilder fight next. In Brooklyn? “This fall, more to come,” said Dibella, as he tucked into shrimp scampi, at the Palm steak-house.
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