DiBella: Joshua Watched 7th Round, Wanted Wilder; Not After 10th

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Lou DiBella doesn’t think Anthony Joshua will be any more eager to fight Deontay Wilder after watching Luis Ortiz nearly knock out Wilder on Saturday night.

DiBella, who promoted the card headlined by Wilder-Ortiz at Barclays Center, figures Wilder’s comeback and knockout of Ortiz will make the British knockout artist reluctant to fight Wilder later this year. Joshua-Wilder is the biggest fight that can be made within the heavyweight division and would generate eight-figure purses for England’s Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) and Alabama’s Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

Wilder, who dropped Cuba’s Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs, 2 NC) three times and stopped him in the 10th round, wants that high-profile fight as soon as possible. Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, haven’t shown as much interest in that fight taking place sometime later this year.

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“Well, any vulnerability shown in the seventh round that would make Joshua wanna get in there,” DiBella said during the post-fight press conference, “he’s gonna watch the 10th round and not f*cking wanna get in there is my guess. He’ll watch the seventh round and say, ‘Yeah, yeah. OK. I can clip this guy.’ And then he’ll watch the 10th round say, ‘Well, maybe I don’t want that.’ ”

The high-profile fight between Wilder and Joshua might not happen until sometime in 2019.

If Joshua defeats New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), the WBO champion, in their title unification fight March 31 in Cardiff, Wales, the IBF/IBO/WBA champ could battle Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) sometime in August at Barclays Center. Miller must also defeat France’s Johann Duhaupas (37-4, 24 KOs) on April 28 at Barclays Center.

That could leave Wilder to defend his WBC title against fellow American Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) in his next fight.

Regardless, DiBella hopes Joshua-Wilder happens sooner rather than later.

“I like the Joshua fight,” DiBella said. “I mean, is there danger? Of course there is. They’re two very good heavyweights that can punch a lot. But, I don’t know – if Deontay hits Joshua the way Klitschko hit Joshua, Joshua don’t get up. And if he does get up, he goes back down.”

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 Ray* on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18546727]90/10?? You gotta be joking. Before the Ortiz fight, Wilder was definitely the b side and didn't have any real power in negotiations. Even though yes, Ortiz was old, it was still Wilder's toughest opponent and a top ranked guy,…

Comment by theface07 on 03-06-2018

[QUOTE=jackblack008;18541941]Wilder wants 50/50. Hearn not ready to budge from 90:10. Hope Parker exposes some *****s which creates a fair distribution for Wilder[/QUOTE] 90/10?? You gotta be joking. Before the Ortiz fight, Wilder was definitely the b side and didn't have…

Comment by bxkiddchino on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18543826]He didnt gas ,he got a little more complacent /stationary / comfortable but he landed more in the 7th / 8th ....... Gassing out is inability to move or throw punches , when was this ? lol Everything didnt go…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=bxkiddchino;18542175]I didn't see anything that suggested Ortiz gassing out. What I remember was Wilder landing a counter right hand when he was on the ropes and then everything went downhill for Ortiz from there. It was a good fight, Ortiz…

Comment by tokon on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;18541453]Wilder and his team are gonna talk mad sh*t for the next few weeks while AJ is prepping for the Parker fight, lets see how things fall once both are free to negotiate.[/QUOTE] Hearns doesn't want this fight until…

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