Advertisement
Advertisement

Billy Dib Says Evgeny Gradovich Rematch is Up Next

Billy Dib has stayed on course for a featherweight world title shot by outpointing American Mike Oliver despite being deducted two points for low blows.

Billy Dib overcame the possibility of a disastrous disqualification to keep his boxing world title rematch alive, with a majority points win over American Mike Oliver on Saturday.

Former IBF featherweight champion Dib was deducted a point in both the second and third rounds for low blows in the bout in Hartford, Connecticut.

Referee Michael Ortega warned Dib after the second point deduction he would be disqualified if he threw another low blow.

From then on Dib, whose only two professional losses had been in America, concentrated primarily on head shots and outworked the American through most of the middle and latter rounds.

Two judges scored the fight 96-92 to Dib while the third had it 94-94.

"My game is trying to hit the body and he (Ortega) didn't allow me to do that, I was kind of upset with that," Dib told AAP.

"I had to battle with points taken off for infringements I don't even think were worth taking points off for.

"I couldn't apply the pressure that I wanted to apply, I couldn't hit the body.

"I was trying to stick to the head which left me open a little bit.

"I'm fighting for the world title in my next fight, I'm excited and I'm pumped."

The victory kept Dib on course for a rematch with Russian Evgeny Gradovich, who took his title away earlier in the year.

Dib (36-2, 21 KOs) plans to invoke a rematch clause in his contract for that fight, provided Gradovich wins his first defence against Mauricio Munoz.

He confirmed he had not received a warning for punching low from Ortega before the first deduction, where he appeared to hurt Oliver with a legitimate left to the body, followed by a borderline right uppercut.

"Before the fight Michael Ortega came in and said 'these guys (Oliver's camp) are already complaining saying that you are known to be a dirty fighter'", Dib said.

"I thought 'what the hell is going on?'."

It wasn't the dominating display and knockout Dib was looking for, though he pushed the pace throughout the fight and frequently forced Hartford local Oliver (25-4, 8KOs) into the ropes.

While he was the aggressor, Dib was caught by several right hand counter punches from Oliver.

Dib concentrated in the early rounds on tagging Oliver with big right hands and body shots, but after being penalised for the latter, he used his jab effectively to set up plenty of right hand power shots to the head.

The Australian required some stitches in a wound near his left eye.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Public_Enemy on 07-06-2013

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;13535100]First one as well. Since when does the ref take away a point on the first low blow which wasnt intentional?[/QUOTE] Exactly. The ref was definitely incompetent. He gave Mike at least 3 warnings and Dib got 0.

Comment by Russian Crushin on 07-06-2013

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;13535071]The second point shouldn't have been taken away since Mike pulled his head down.[/QUOTE] First one as well. Since when does the ref take away a point on the first low blow which wasnt intentional?

Comment by STEELHEAD on 07-06-2013

billy dib...what a lackey. you'd have to pay ME to watch this guy.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 07-06-2013

[QUOTE=Davis40;13534993]borderline low blow my balls[/QUOTE] The second point shouldn't have been taken away since Mike pulled his head down.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 07-06-2013

Now the RusMex has to win in China and talks can start.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Jessie Vargas Looking For The Biggest Opportunity Possible Mikey Garcia Willing To Travel To UK To Fight Flanagan Next Denton Daley Goes For Commonwealth Belt on September 9 Moises Flores: I Have All The Tools To Defeat Rigondeaux! Loeffler Confirms: Golovkin Would Have Fought Degale at 168 AIBA Denies Allegations of Trying To Take Over Boxing Ruslan Chagaev Vanishes, Stripped of The WBA World Title Vyacheslav Shabranskyy-Oscar Riojas on LA Fight Club, 8/19 Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand Lands on BoxNation Whyte: No KO, I Want To Punish Allen and Hurt Him Real Bad! Oscar Valdez To Make First Defense in Tucson in November? Andrade Tabs Andre Ward To Expose Kovalev's Flaws, Win Big Golovkin's Coach: DeGale at 168 Was Fine, Hearn Offered Brook Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol: Post-Fight Report Card Guy Robb on Marriaga WBO Eliminator, Picks Ward Over Kovalev AIBA Planning Additional Changes For Olympic Boxers Golovkin's Coach: Only Floyd Mayweather Can Really Test GGG Anthony Upton Drills Luke Paddock For English Title Abel Sanchez: No Pacquiao, I Want Crawford vs. Danny Garcia! Alan Castano: My Goal Was To Win, Not Outdo My Brother “Fighting Words” - When Good Fighters Meet Great Ones Canelo's Trainer Wants Him To Knock Liam Smith Out Vide: Jose Ramirez on Crawford's Performance, Ring Return WBC Prez Feels Crawford Could Be Another Floyd Mayweather Video: Oscar Valdez on His Big World Title Win Video: Lenny Zappavigna on His Knockout Win of Ik Yang Video: Jessie Vargas Talks Crawford, Benavidez, More Donaire Prepares For Mandatory Defense With Magdaleno Valdez Has No Problem With REVENGE Fight With Lomachenko Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Crawford vs. Postol, More Crawford: Postol Did NOT Want To Fight or Exchange, He Ran Video: Viktor Postol Explains His Defeat To Terence Crawford Ryota Murata Wants Billy Joe Saunders Title Shot Delvin Rodriguez Gets Close Decision Over Shawn Cameron Tim Bradley on Amir Khan's MMA Move - "He's a Clown!" Video: Terence Crawford Talks Postol Victory, Strategy, More Roach: Crawford's Speed Was Too Much, We Needed a KO Jessie Vargas, Jose Benavidez Trade Words - Fight Looming? Brandon Figueroa Admits Sluggish Performance, Plans Brief Rest Video: Nonito Doniare on Pacquiao-Crawford, Postol, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement