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Dib vs. Fonseca Eliminator To Set Gervonta Davis' Mandatory

BoxingScene.com has been advised that the International Boxing Federation has ordered a super featherweight eliminator between #3, Billy Dib (42-4, 24 KOs) and #7, Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs).

The current champion is undefeated Gervonta Davis.

Dib and Fonseca were two highest ranked contenders who were willing to compete in a final eliminator. The sanctioning body has told both sides to conclude their negotiations by August 14, 2017.

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Davis captured the world title earlier this year, when he knocked out undefeated Jose Pedraza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He then traveled over to the UK and knocked out mandatory challenger Liam Walsh.

Davis is now scheduled to make a voluntary defense in the co-featured position on next month's huge card, which features Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in the main event. That card is set for August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fonseca saw action in March, when he picked up a quick knockout win. The boxer, who never fought on American soil and campigned for most of his career in Costa Rica, has stopped his last five opponents in a row.

Dib, a former IBF featherweight champion, has won three in a row since getting knocked out by then WBC champion Takashi Miura in May of 2015.

Dib is now being trained by veteran coach Robert Garcia. They had their first fight together this past Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Mikey Garcia defeated Adrien Broner in the main event. Dib's fight with Yardley Cruz ended early, when a clash of heads in the third round created a cut on Cruz and he said he was unable to continue - which caused a no-contest to be ruled by the New York Commission.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxerDood on 08-01-2017

As much as I believe this is garbage for a final eliminator, Tevin Farmer was originally supposed to fight one of them, but obviously with him being out of the picture they had to do something so I can give…

Comment by BufordTannen on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17909168]I believe this was his eliminator til he got shot. Thought I heard he was gonna fight that Fonseca guy. Randomly wasn't Floyd formerly big on Dib at one point?[/QUOTE] He was signed to 50 when him and Floyd…

Comment by sammybee on 08-01-2017

IBF needs to get credible boxers for Tank to feed on.

Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-01-2017

Terrible by the IBF. Neither guy is on ESPN, RING or any credible top 10 rankings. Joke eliminator

Comment by Corelone on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=CTC JOHNNY;17909156]Tevin Farmer deserve this fight. ... this is some straight up B.U.L.L$.HIT[/QUOTE] Brother in law, outlaw. Tevin shot. Drama never ends.

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