DiBella: ‘This is Some Crazy Sh*t’ Wilder Is Doing With Luis Ortiz!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Lou DiBella believes Deontay Wilder has been unfairly vilified during his 2½-year championship reign.

People seem to forget, DiBella says, that Wilder was about to board a plane to Moscow when he found out that the WBC canceled his mandatory title fight against former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in May 2016. Povetkin’s positive PED test ruined what was supposed to be the most important test of Wilder’s career.

The hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native fought Chris Arreloa two months later just to stay busy, but suffered arm and hand injuries in that July 2016 fight that required surgeries. Wilder came back against Gerald Washington, according to DiBella, because they didn’t want Wilder to test out his surgically repaired right biceps and right hand against an elite heavyweight.

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That brings us to the unbeaten WBC champion’s showdown with Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC), which Wilder demanded over a mandatory fight against Bermane Stiverne. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) already beat Stiverne convincingly in the only 12-round fight of his career in January 2015, and saw no need to face Stiverne again.

The 31-year-old Wilder was so adamantly against a rematch with Stiverne, he told adviser Al Haymon to do whatever was necessary to make Stiverne step aside and allow him to oppose Ortiz on November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) reportedly was paid six figures to step aside. The Haitian-born, Quebec-based contender instead will face California’s Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) on the Wilder-Ortiz undercard.

“Give him credit now,” DiBella said during a press conference Wednesday in Manhattan. “Give him credit now. How many guys do this? This is throwback stuff, man. When I said before this is Jake LaMotta-like stuff, this is throwback stuff. Who leaves money on the table? Who pays money to fight someone harder? And no offense to Luis Ortiz, he ain’t exactly a giant draw. I mean, most of his career was in Cuba. You know, a great fighter and he deserves this opportunity because he’s a great fighter. And [Wilder is] giving it to him because he’s a great fighter. But this doesn’t happen often. This is some crazy sh*t that this guy’s doing here.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 09-23-2017

[QUOTE=gully7;18077637]Are you serious? Fury ran from Wilder to fight Wlad? "old man Wlad" was unbeaten in 9 years when Fury beat him while Wilder was on his bum of the month tour, that version of Wlad would've killed Wilder and…

Comment by Sincingship on 09-23-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18075988]Refused to fight Povetkin last year because he was a PED user but demanded to fight another PED user. Quack Quack.[/QUOTE] I'm sure if Ortiz tests positive in pre fight testsing he'll refuse this fight too

Comment by Sincingship on 09-23-2017

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;18077146]They were also not his fault between the numerous hand injuries and Fury choosing to fight old man Wlad instead of Wilder and then going bat **** crazy and getting stripped and retired before they could unify. Joshua has been…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 09-22-2017

Jesus h. No shame in boxing i guess

Comment by landotter on 09-22-2017

Like GGG and Danny Jacobs, this is the fight BOTH of these boxers need, money be forgotten. There is a fairly large Cash cow out there named Anthony Joshua who is now in a position to pick and choose who…

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