DiBella Not Surprised With Sturm Reaching Deal For Zbik

By Rick Reeno

Lou DiBella, promoter for middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19KOs), was not surprised with Felix Sturm's decision to defend his WBA title against Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10KOs) on April 13th in Germany. Lee had been scheduled to take part in an HBO-televised co-feature on March 17 at The Theater in New York's Madison Square Garden. Sergio Martinez takes on Matthew Macklin in the televised main event.

Last week, Lee withdrew from the Martinez-Macklin card to pursue a possible fight with Sturm (36-2-2, 15KOs) in April. During their negotiations, Sturm's people advised DiBella that Zbik and Lee were the only two boxers being considered for Sturm's next fight.

"They were very straight with me and told me all along that Andy was one of two fighters in contention for the fight, and I had a feeling that Zbik was getting it, so it doesn't surprise me. Now Andy will probably have a keep-busy fight in the interim, while we look for other opportunities. He was the [other] alternative. He didn't get the fight, but he very well could have. He will keep active and he'll get a big opportunity this year for sure," DiBella told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 02-03-2012

wow dibella really thought lee had a chance to land the fight instead of zbik? this is why he's a terrible promoter. why was martinez so stupid to resign with this imbecile?

Comment by any craic lad? on 02-03-2012

Wow he took Lee off a HBO slot and fighting in the MSG even when he knew it was between Lee and a former German world champ.Wow thats pretty stupid

Comment by 77Ritchie77 on 02-03-2012

andy lee should fight darryl cunningham in detroit. that would sell a few thousand tickets.

Comment by ИATAS on 02-03-2012

so lee will now have a "keep busy fight" huh? so a bum fight next. great. fight quillin or priog

Comment by juandabomb on 02-03-2012

Lou, match up Lee vs Pirog..better fight then sturm vs zbik

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