Hearn: Wilder's Manager Did Bitch Move, I Made DiBella Relevant!

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), has come firing back at some of the recent statements that were made by Shelly Finkel and Lou DiBella.

Finkel is one of the co-managers for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. And DiBella promotes Wilder's fights on behalf of Al Haymon, who is the lead manager of the heavyweight puncher.

According to Finkel, there have been no discussions between representatives for Wilder and Joshua since November 29. That was the day Finkel met with Barry Hearn, Eddie Hearn’s father and the founder of Matchroom Boxing.


During the post-fight press conference to Wilder's knockout of Luis Ortiz from last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Finkel and DiBella took aim at Eddie Hearn - claiming the British promoter was dragging his feet when it came to making the unification deal with Wilder.

Finkel pulled out an email at the press conference, which he says Hearn sent him in November - and states that he never heard anything since.

“[After I met with his father], I got a letter later that day and it was from Eddie. He says, ‘Hi Shelly. Glad you had a good chin wag with the old man.’ I laugh a little because this is language I never could’ve made up. ‘I will get the respective P&L, profits-losses, to you this week for discussion. All the best, Eddie.’ That was on November 29th. I have not heard from him since. Then he goes out [and says] that we were asking for this and we were asking for that. We haven’t asked for anything. When they make these ridiculous statements, I’ll counter just to save face. We’re ready to fight him. We’re ready to do it whenever,” Finkel told Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix.

But Hearn indicates that the reason he never responded to Finkel - who the British promoter calls 'Shirley Winkel' - is because Wilder went to the press and demanded a 50-50 deal.

Once Wilder made that demand, Hearn refused to negotiate with anyone other than Haymon and Luis DeCubas Jr. - who works closely with the powerful adviser.

"The more people talk about me the better. The two people there, you got Lou DiBella - the events coordinator for Al Haymon. And you got 'Shirley Winkel.' Shirley Winkel is so old school. My old man is old school and then you have Shirley Winkel and people like that. I'm not going to make this fight with Shirley Winkel, I'm going to make this fight with Al Haymon and Luis DeCubas, who is someone that works with Al, and me and him make fights like [snaps fingers]. We're on a wave length. I can't be on a wave length with Shirley Winkel," Hearn told's Declan Taylor.

"I need to be working with people who understand the game now, not 30 years ago. And people who understand how to make fights quickly... like Luis DeCubas and people like that. So when [Finkel] pulls up an email.. and who does that, it's like a bitch move anyway. The reason he pulled out that email is because he met with my old man, because I told my old man 'I can't meet with Shirley Winkel, you meet him.'

"My old man met with him and they garbled for two hours about 'do you remember back in the day when we did this and that.'  I wrote to Shirley and said that we would get some numbers to him. In the meantime, Deontay Wilder comes out and says he wants 50-50 or this fight is not happening. So all of my conversations are now with Al Haymon and his team - not Shirley Winkel. And they won't be with Shirley Winkel, because I want to make the fight.

"And Lou DiBella... people have to understand that this is all great for the fight, but people take this so personally. Lou, he just goes mad. I'm giving Lou great profile - I'm making him so relevant right now - so just go with it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18571012]The racial card again is played out . :slap: The truth is you had no idea that Hearn actually fought , your just bitter bc hes rich and can kick your arse YOU ,the kid with NO boxing experience!:sad6: Ive…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18564827]Coming from the guy with the black HW fetish🤣🤣🤣 Izu, AJ, Joe Joyce, anymore you’re obsessed with? That Barry Hearn story is complete and utter BS😭😭😭 only a deluded retard like you would buy into that🤣🤣 No wonder you’re a…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 03-11-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;18564636]Barry returns to the moment when he fought his son in the ring. “It was due to happen when I was 18,” Eddie remembers. “But it happened at 16 because I got so big. He came out, his teeth gritted.…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 03-11-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18560396]His dad was a clown as well, tbh Eddie is probably a better promoter than Barry. The truth is, neither of them are genuine boxing men, they’re just “business men”. If you asked them who Henry Armstrong was, they’d probably…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 03-11-2018

[QUOTE=Dr.Cool;18561701]Yes, Wilder calling out AJ and saying he wants the fight over and over again, and AJ and Hearn saying no, no, not yet, maybe in a year or two. that obviously shows Wilder didn't want the fight and AJ…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (88)
Top Headlines Hearn Sides With Joshua's Position: No Face To Face With Wilder Browne: 'Idiot' Whyte Famous Only for Getting KO'd by Joshua Naoya Inoue's Power Has Improved at 118, Says Sparring Partner Hearn: Anthony Joshua is Very Interested in Rematch With Whyte Frank Bruno Issues Joseph Parker Warning To Anthony Joshua Golden Boy Prez on Golovkin: Sounds Like Fear, Making Excuses Liam Smith: There is No Way Ali Beats Even a 75% Version of Cotto Willy Vlautin and His Love For The Sport of Boxing WBC Prez is Waiting For Mikey Garcia To Make His Decision Golden Boy Prez Reacts: It Sounds Like Golovkin Wants Out! Golovkin: Those Responsible For Draw Are Terrorists, Need Jail! Golovkin: Canelo is Cheating, Using Drugs - De La Hoya is Dirty Yuriorkis Gamboa, Golden Boy Promotions Part Ways Jorge Arce Comes Out Firing in Defense of Canelo, Luis Nery Hearn Reacts To Wilder Calling Him 'White Man Milking a Brother' Ryota Murata vs. Emanuele Blandamura Will Be Carried By ESPN Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore Finalized For SHO Triple ESPN Names Mayweather 8th Most Dominant Athlete of Past 20 Years Kautondokwa: After Godoy, I am ready for Billy Joe Saunders! Jose Ramirez's First Defense Targeted For Ballpark in Fresno Tyson Fury's New Goal - Break Joe Louis' 25 Defense Record News: Payano vs. Plania, Braulio Rodriguez, Vicente Eyes Dogboe Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts Ramirez-Imam Tripleheader Averaged Only 488K Viewers for ESPN Anthony Joshua Won’t Discuss What He'll Weigh for Parker Fight News: Klara Svennson Update, Rocco Wadell Back on April 21 Billy Joe Saunders vs. Martin Murray Moves To June 23rd Parker on Joshua: Somebody is Getting KO'd - It Won't Be Me! Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin Mikey Garcia Explains Why He'd Want Spence Bout Over Crawford Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam: Afterthoughts Liam Smith: I Think Ali Might Be Tougher Fight Than Miguel Cotto Hughie Fury: I'll Be World Champion, I'm a World Level Fighter! Kudratillo Abdukakhorov Rising in Ranks After Malaysia Win Whyte Shakes Head: Joshua is Not Going To Fight Wilder Next Sanchez: If Canelo Dominates Golovkin, I'll Admit GGG Got Old Ismael Salas Denies Rumors of Split With Jorge Linares March Madness shocker yields memories of giant ring surprises Ellerbe Concerned, Would Advise Mayweather To Avoid MMA McGregor Opens as 10-1 Favorite in Mayweather MMA Fight

Latest Active Forum Threads