NEW YORK - Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Billy "The Kid" Dib (37-3, 21 KOs) will not be trick-or-treating tomorrow night (Friday) at home in Australia. Instead, he'll be dressed in trunks and wearing boxing gloves for his 12-round fight with his upset-minded Indonesian opponent Ruben Manakane (14-11-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant PABA super featherweight title.
Dib, whose only three losses as a professional have been in world title fights to undefeated Evgeny Gradovich twice and Steve Luevano, based on his tremendous experience and talent advantage, will likely throw a horrific scare, if not worse, into his young opponent.
The 29-year-old Dib will be fighting in Australia for the first time in more than four years having fought three of his last four fights in the United States with the other in Macao, China. This fight will mark Dib's professional debut in Melbourne, where he last fought 13 years ago as an amateur in the Australian National Championship.
"The opportunity came about when I heard (promoter) Tarik Solak and (Dib's trainer) Billy Hussein discussing it," Dib explained to Aus-Boxing.com why he's fighting in Melbourne. "I mentioned that I'd love to fight back in Australia, so Billy and Tarik were like, let's do it. After my brother and manager Emid (Dib) got clearance from the team at SMS (Promotions) and (Dib's promoter) 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), we decided that the next stop should be Melbourne.
"I know that he (Manakane) is currently ranked fourth by the PABA and that he has eight wins from his last ten outings. He stretched world-class Filipino AJ Banal the full distance a few years back, too. He's only 21 years of age, so I'm expecting him to come out fast and do all he can to cease the moment. I never take any of my opposition lightly and I know that Manakane stands in the way of my journey to another world championship. One step at a time."
After being stopped for the first time in his career last November to Gradovich in their rematch, Dib decided to move up in weight and campaign as a super featherweight, staring this past July 2 at Foxwoods Resort Casino on ESPN Friday Night Fights against former WBA featherweight title challenger Alberto Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs). Dib overcame a nasty cut over his right eye from an unintentional head-butt in the opening round to win a unanimous 10-round decision.
Now, Dib is rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as No. 12 by the IBF, as he positions himself for a potential world super featherweight title shot in 2015 against one of the reigning champions: IBF Rances Barthelemy, WBO Orlando Salido, WBC Takashi Miura and WBA Takashi Uchiyama.
"After being involved in the sport of boxing for so long, Dib continued his interview with Aus.Boxing.com, "I now understand that it's a business and not just a sport. It's all about strategic planning. We have had several discussions with WBA, WBO and IBF officials about this fight for the PABA crown. It will definitely help evaluate my rankings across the board. The plan is to face the necessary opposition to work my way into a mandatory position with one of the prestigious crowns. I honestly feel that I could face any of the super featherweight champions tomorrow, but realistically we may be looking at six to 12 months. I don't just plan on getting a world title shot, I plan on winning another crown.
Greg Cohen Promotions is proud to announce the appointment of Australian promoter Adam Wilcock of FightCard Promotions to the role of Vice President of Global Operations.
In a move to further cement its growing role as a global promotional force, the official addition of Wilcock to the GCP team formalizes their now long-standing partnership.
As a leading promoter and manager within the Australian market, the addition of Wilcock into the executive team gives GCP a solid foundation and base in both the Australian and ever growing Pacific/Asian regions.
Making the announcement CEO Greg Cohen was typically upbeat, "Adam and I have been working together for over four years now on a number of different projects. There are some big things ahead in the immediate future of GCP and its role within the boxing landscape, adding Adam into our executive team gives GCP further solidity and ability to grow. From both a strategic and operational level I couldn't be happier with the advancement that we have made as a company with this announcement. This appointment further allows GCP to work within the Australian market, the boxing-strong region of Southeast Asia and also expand its reach into the UK. Adam is a tireless worker and servant to boxing, over the past four years he's helped re-establish Australian boxing on the world scene and I'm excited to have him add to the already great team at GCP."
Wilcock will split his time between the USA and Australia, as GCP continues to mine the talent-rich Australian boxing scene for future champions. According to the 39-year-old English-born Wilcock, this new role is a dream come true.
"Greg is the consummate professional in this industry and we've been working on a number of different things over the past few years. I'm looking forward to helping shape and guide a positive future for GCP. There are some great things on the horizon and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead."
"The Aussie boxers that we have on the GCP roster at the moment are all not only great talents, but also wonderful people. There's a hotbed of talent in Australia and GCP plans to find and help crown the next Aussie world champ," continued Cohen.
Having worked together to bring the strongest Australian talent onto the world stage, GCP will showcase its commitment to expanding markets with the upcoming US debut of undefeated Australian-based Irishman "Hurricane" Dennis Hogan (19-0, 7 KOs), on its upcoming Thursday, November 13, show at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. Hogan, who resides in Brisbane, Australia, is ranked top 15 by both WBA and IBF.
For further details on this announcement or the November 13 promotion, please visit www.gcpboxing.com
Two more competitive fights with worldwide significance will take place on the un-televised undercard of "The Homecoming", presented by Warriors Boxing this Saturday, November 1, at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
WBO #10-rated middleweight Caleb "Golden" Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will take on Bedford, Virginia's Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder; and former three-time world champion Kōki Kameda (32-1, 17 KOs) from Tokyo, Japan, will appear for the first time on US soil in a super flyweight 10-round fight against México City, Mexico's Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15 KOs).
In the night's main event, top light heavyweight contender Andrzej "Chicago's Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs), will make his ring return against France via Congo's Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs). Co-headlining, WBO World Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki "El Mexicanito" Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs), of Mexico City by way of Tokyo, Japan, will defend his title for the third time against interim WBO Bantamweight Champion Alejandro "Payasito" Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City in a 12-round battle and opening the SHOWTIME BOXING Special Edition, former interim WBA World Featherweight Champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic, squares off against Caguas, Puerto Rico's Abner "Pin" Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout; live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets start at $31 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or call: 1-800-745-3000, the Warriors Offices: 312-622-7668 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740, or visit the UIC Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM). They can also be purchased the night of the event.
Twenty-seven-year-old southpaw Kōki Kameda is the former WBA Bantamweight, WBC Flyweight and WBA Light Flyweight Champion of the World. He is the oldest of the three Kameda brothers including himself, Daiki and Tomoki. The Kamedas are, by far, the most well-known boxers in Japan, Koki was also a television star in his homeland during his highly decorated amateur career.
Kameda won the WBA Light Flyweight Championship in 2006 and defended it once before vacating to move up to flyweight, where he won the WBC Flyweight Championship over Daisuke Naito in November 2009. His only career loss came in March 2010, by 12-round majority decision against Thailand's Pongsaklek Wonjongkam to unify the WBC Flyweight championship and interim WBC Flyweight championships. In 2010, he moved up to bantamweight and took on Alexander Munoz and won the vacant WBA Bantamweight Regular by unanimous decision
In Dec. 2013, Kameda vacated his bantamweight title to move back down to the super flyweight division.
Thirty-four-year-old Omar Salado isa native of Tijuana. Salado has challenged three times for world championships. In 2011, he lost to then WBA World Light Flyweight Champion Roman Gonzalez. In 2009, he lost to Luis Concepcion for the interim WBA World flyweight Title and in 2006, he battled to a draw with then IBF World light flyweight Champion Ulises Solis. Salado has also taken on a lengthy list of top contenders in the flyweight divisions.
Thirty-one-year-old Caleb Truax is a native of Osseo, Minnesota, currently rated WBO #10 at middleweight. Truax got his nickname from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, whose teams are known as the "Golden Gophers."
He was last seen scoring a unanimous decision over dangerous spoiler Derek Ennis in July of this year. Showing world-class boxing ability, Truax never let Ennis into the fight and hurt the capable Philadelphian on several occasions.
Truax has excellent hand speed and power and uses fluid movement to score combinations.
Twenty-seven-year-old Scott Sigmon of Lynchburg, Virginia, won the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) super middleweight title and defended it twice. He went seven rounds with former world champion Kelly Pavlik in 2012 and was last seen in June of this year, fighting to an eight-round majority draw with undefeated prospect Deandre Neal in Neal's home state of South Carolina. In March of this year, Sigmon stopped 24-3-3 Jessie Nicklow in 10 rounds.
Also on the undercard Saturday night, four of the top up-and-coming boxing prospects the Windy City has to offer, Chicago's own Alex Martin (6-0, 5 KOs), Semajay Thomas (4-0, 2 KOs), Eddie Ramirez (5-0, 3 KOs), and Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KOs), will appear in separate undercard bouts.
On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the action starts at 5:30 pm. All bouts are subject to change. For more information, visitwww.warriorsboxing.com.