May 17, 1960 |
Brooklyn, New York
Louis John "Lou" DiBella, Jr. (born May 17, 1960) is an American boxing promoter and television/film producer. He is Founder and CEO of DiBella Entertainment based in New York City. Past and present boxers represented by DiBella Entertainment include former WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez, former middleweight world champions Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins, former junior welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi, former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and “Jo Jo” Dan.
Education and career
DiBella is a graduate of Regis High School (New York City), Tufts University and Harvard Law School. He founded his own promotional firm, DiBella Entertainment, creating a company that shifts the balance of power from promoters to boxers. He also owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA Eastern League affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, formerly the Connecticut Defenders. The Flying Squirrels home field is The Diamond (Richmond, Virginia). As of May 5, 2017, Dibella also owns the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball AA Southern League affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits. The Biscuits' home filed is Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
In 2006, DiBella made his acting debut playing himself as a boxing promoter in Rocky Balboa. Scenes of the packed arena during his Taylor vs. Hopkins II fight are used in the film during Rocky's fight scene.
DiBella expanded his boxing empire producing television content and films. In 2007, DiBella produced the documentary, "Magic Man," which depicted the life of Paulie Malignaggi and his rise in the world of boxing. The documentary had its television premiere on Showtime and was later aired in the United Kingdom leading up to the Malignaggi vs. Lovemore Ndou fight, where Malignaggi retained his title.
In 2008, DiBella added the credit of Executive Producer to his list of accomplishments with the 2009 film Love Ranch starring Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. The film was directed by Academy Award Winner Taylor Hackford.
Promoter of Champion
- Colin Linneweber. "Guido Brooklynite Paulie Malignaggi Ditches Promoter Lou DiBella". Bleacher Report.
- Staff, WSFA 12 News. "Montgomery Biscuits officially have new owners". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
- "Showtime To Air Malignaggi Documentary "Magic Man"".
- "Debut finally here for 'Love Ranch'". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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