DiBella Hires Eric Bentley As Director of Boxing Operations

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT HIRES

NEW DIRECTOR OF BOXING OPERATIONS AND MATCHMAKING ERIC BENTLEY

New York, NY (12/15/14) – DiBella Entertainment (DBE) is excited to announce the hiring of its new Director of Boxing Operations and Matchmaking, Eric Bentley.

Joining the DBE staff, Bentley will be bringing a wealth of knowledge from his 10 years of experience in the boxing industry. As a native of New York, he had worked for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for over five years and served as its Director of Boxing under Executive Director David Berlin. He was also a finalist for the Executive Director position of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in early 2014.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be working for DiBella Entertainment,” said Bentley. “I enjoyed my time at NYSAC and learned a tremendous amount from David Berlin, but it was the right time to move on and there’s no better place to go than DiBella Entertainment. There aren’t many more genuine and passionate guys than Lou (DiBella) and he has surrounded himself with a phenomenal team, of which I’m excited to be a part.”

“DiBella Entertainment has strengthened itself greatly with the hiring of Eric Bentley,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Eric was previously a quality matchmaker and then a highly respected executive with the New York State Athletic Commission. He will bolster my staff, which is already one of the finest in the boxing promotional business.”

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

I thought Mr. Bentley was already working for DBE, but I guess that was a part time gig. Now it's not. Bentley knows his boxing. He knows the fighters, the managers, the matchmakers and all the other players. Plus, he's knowledgable and is friendly with all the commissions DBE will be working with. Great move, Lou. But then, Lou usually does make great moves. With him, it's more than Harvard! -Randy G.


-Birddog :

What happened to Joe Quimbe? What Lou, needs is a guy who has an eye for talent. Which one of his guys are going to be a huge box office star? Not to put Lou down but most of his guys are "B" side guys and will remain so. Look I am not saying they can't fight, they can and do, but none have the marketability to boast them to be an "A" side fighter. I like Lou, but it would be wise for him to think A&M, Ability, Marketability when signing. Ability you can teach, marketability or charisma, you either have it or you don't. Believe me people want "hero's", there are plenty of guys who have excellent skills, tremendous speed, one punch power but there are few "hero's". Hero's is my word for guys like Lil Julio, Canelo, neither are great fighters, what they have in abundance is charisma. Fan's relate to them and idolize them for whatever reason which translate to big box office numbers. I hope Eric brings good things for Lou, like in more "A" siders. Even his great MW champ, Sergio Martinez, was the "B" side vs Chavez and Cotto.


-Froggy :

Fans relate to "Lil Julio" and "Canelo" because they are Mexican ! It's a shame Martinez was usually the "B" side like you said, he did very well considering the lack of respect shown to him on many occasions by various sources !


-deepwater2 :

What happened to Joe Quimbe? What Lou, needs is a guy who has an eye for talent. Which one of his guys are going to be a huge box office star? Not to put Lou down but most of his guys are "B" side guys and will remain so. Look I am not saying they can't fight, they can and do, but none have the marketability to boast them to be an "A" side fighter. I like Lou, but it would be wise for him to think A&M, Ability, Marketability when signing. Ability you can teach, marketability or charisma, you either have it or you don't. Believe me people want "hero's", there are plenty of guys who have excellent skills, tremendous speed, one punch power but there are few "hero's". Hero's is my word for guys like Lil Julio, Canelo, neither are great fighters, what they have in abundance is charisma. Fan's relate to them and idolize them for whatever reason which translate to big box office numbers. I hope Eric brings good things for Lou, like in more "A" siders. Even his great MW champ, Sergio Martinez, was the "B" side vs Chavez and Cotto.
I agree. Sweet Lou should have people at all NYC shows and tournaments with a contract and signing bonus in hand.He has to take a chance and get the young boxers before the other promoters swoop in. Salita is snatching up all the local talent with ties to Ukraine/Russia I notice. Top Rank does a great job building fighter's up where they gather the most fans over the long haul.