Joshua vs Wilder doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon as boxing politics looks to be getting in the way of making the fight.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Wilder’s promoter Lou Di Bella appear to have an escalating beef that is playing out in front of fans through media interviews and social media.
Deontay Wilder is managed by American boxing power broker Al Haymon who also owns the TV series on which he boxes on, Premier Boxing Champions.
Lou Di Bella’s DiBella entertainment acts as WBC champion Wilder’s promoter but Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been adamant that DiBella has no say in the matter of making fights for the champion at all.
In a recent interview on IFL YouTube, Hearn noted that DiBella could be feeling bitter about not being the powerful force he once was in boxing.
Both promoters appear to be more than happy to take jibes at one another. But at the potential cost of a cracking fight for fans in Joshua vs Wilder.
One Twitter user Michael Benson quoted DiBella as saying today:
Lou DiBella: “If Eddie Hearn wants the Anthony Joshua [v Deontay Wilder] fight in 2018, he knows who to call.”
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 25, 2017
To which promoter Eddie Hearn jumped in on with a short reply – that has earned a huge reaction thus far:
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 25, 2017
Good old boxing politics. Trust them to always rear their head during a good time for the sport.
A year in which boxing has been able to put on some of the fights that fans genuinely want to see in what overall has been a terrific year.
Al Haymon does not engage in social media or do interviews so his response will not be forthcoming.
Fans who want to see what would be a brilliant heavyweight unification will just have the wait for the above two to come to an agreement and well, try to get along and make the fight happen.