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Gradovich-Dib Rematch on for Pacquiao vs. Rios PPV

By Alexey Sukachev

According to Evgueny Gradovich’s manager Egis Klimas, his protégé will fight next on Nov. 23 in Macao, China. Gradovich (17-0, 8 KOs) will compete against a familiar face in Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-2, 21 KOs), a fighter he defeated for his IBF featherweight title.

“The contract is signed”, said Klimas to Izvestia Russian daily. “We are eagerly waiting for the fight. The party of the 31-year old former champion asked us continuously about a rematch, and they have found the right arguments. Evgueny will fight on the undercard of one of the greatest fighters of the last decade Manny Pacquiao, who is fighting Brandon Rios in the same event."

The 27-year old Russia acquired his title with a spirited effort and a split decision against Dib in their first fight in March, while being a considerable underdog. Gradovich came back in July, outpointing the mandatory challenger Mauricio Javier Munoz over twelve at the same venue in Macao. IBF #4 Dib, meanwhile, also fought a tune-up, scoring a close decision over veteran Mike Oliver in a foul-filled contest in early July.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SaldanaCC on 09-18-2013

This card is a horrible ppv!!!!!! Starting with the main event!!!!

Comment by King_ on 09-18-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;13761442]Would they pursue it? I know Robert said he'd back Donaire..... but the road to a FW title seems slim and that'd be his only choice. I'm surprised they aren't targeting Chris John or something for Donaire. He's just sitting…

Comment by Hougigo on 09-18-2013

[QUOTE=King-;13761438]You really can't blame him, I mean what's he got to lose? He had a rematch clause and this is probably his only/last chance st a title shot. With that being said I agree with Hougigo-card is pretty meh. Shumenov…

Comment by King_ on 09-18-2013

[QUOTE=Adamjr91;13761421]Lol Dib wants to get exposed again? He looked awful in his last fight against journeyman Mike Oliver. Man 50 hasn't got the best advice: Gamboa and Dirrell don't fight and Dib is a bum.[/QUOTE] You really can't blame him,…

Comment by Adamjr91 on 09-18-2013

Lol Dib wants to get exposed again? He looked awful in his last fight against journeyman Mike Oliver. Man 50 hasn't got the best advice: Gamboa and Dirrell don't fight and Dib is a bum.

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