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Billy Dib Focused To Make History, Shock Gradovich

Billy Dib is eyeing Australian boxing history and wants to prove he is an elite fighter in his world title rematch with Evgeny Gradovich in China later this month.

Dib is adamant he can win back the IBF featherweight title he lost to Russian Gradovich on a split points decision in Connecticut last March, when they meet in Macau on November 24.

Australian boxers aren't renowned for regaining titles they have lost, often opting to campaign in other weight divisions.

One rare exception was Jeff Harding, who regained the WBC light-heavyweight title from Dennis Andries almost 14 months later.

"If and when I capture this world title, I'll be the first Australian to lose and recapture the world title back in the same year," Dib told AAP on Wednesday.

Dib, whose only two professional losses have been in world title fights in the United States, is determined to show the world how good he is in Macau, where multi-world title winner Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios headline the card.

"I want to prove to the world of boxing, that I'm an elite fighter and not just a regular fighter," Dib said.

He said the sky was the limit for him if he overcame Gradovich as the featherweight division was "completely loaded" with talent.

"I just want the opportunity to go over there and mix it with the best of them and show the world that I can compete and win against these guys," Dib said.

He said he could either box or brawl against renowned pressure fighter Gradovich, but would need to be smarter than in their first fight.

Trainer Billy Hussein, who has him sparring bigger fighters, says Dib will prove he is the best featherweight in the world and has put his charge through a torturous 14-week preparation.

"Thank God I've come out alive, because Billy Hussein has definitely put me through some really hurtful things," Dib said.

"At times I questioned "What are you doing, mate, are you trying to get me killed?, but we got through it.

"It's all for the good because honestly I feel really good. I'm in a really good mental space."

Part of Dib's team for the Gradovich rematch is outspoken Olympic and Commonwealth Games medal-winning track athlete John Steffensen, who had 32 amateur fights before concentrating on running.

"I've been able to achieve a lot in my career with very little going for me and I think maybe Billy can correlate with that coming into this fight," Steffensen said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Malius on 11-13-2013

Dib got a gift decision years ago against a thai journeyman, even the crowd boo'd. Come to think of it Mosley was there too scouting. Was more of a wasted plane trip than the Mundine fight.

Comment by antonio bando on 11-13-2013

I can honestly see billy being stopped early on

Comment by Suckmedry on 11-13-2013

I respect every fighter but really Dib has to be one of the worst fighters ever that gets the kind of publicity he does

Comment by Foreign Soil on 11-13-2013

The first Aussie to lose and regain a title within the same year eh? What a historic achievement. Doubtful it happens save for a gift decision like last time was a gift SD.

Comment by Hougigo on 11-13-2013

you looked pretty bad in your last fight

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