News: Billy Dib Returns; Euro Boxing Roundup; More
BTK – aka’ Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib is back and proudly announcing his next fight against current WBC World Youth and IBF Pan-Pacific Youth champion Davey Browne to be held at ‘The Cube’, Campbelltown Catholic Club on March 11th, 2009. Billy, fresh from his spiritual journey ‘Hajj’ to Mecca at the end of 2008, is back, re-focused and reenergised on his way to the top of the Featherweight standings..
Article posted on 14.01.2009
Working under the guidance of new BTK team member and renowned trainer – Billy Hussein who will work alongside the immortal Johnny Lewis in Dib’s corner, no stone is being left unturned in climbing the world rankings once again and it all starts once again on March 11th against the up-and-coming Browne who boasts a 15 win / 1 draw, and no loss record in what should be a super bout.
Dib, at 23 years of age acknowledges the set-back in Atlantic City as a ‘life lesson’ and sees more pro’s, than cons in the defeat.
Dib commented – “I learnt more in my one loss than my twenty victories or my World-Championship title, and I could see the areas of improvement required and to me, this is a positive step for my career and life.”
“You have to question yourself, be it in boxing or any aspect of your life to continually improve and both the loss to Luevano and my trip to ‘Mecca’ allowed me to not only question myself, but also answer which is the real positive.”
“Billy Hussein has joined my team also, and now with Billy and Johnny in my corner, my training is so much more sharper, more quality with my work and more importantly to another level. Obviously the plan is for this to transpose into the ring and I know when I step back in against Davey Browne on March 11th, his chin will see the benefits”.
“I have a great support team, some fantastic sponsors, coupled with new sponsors looking to come on board, so I’m really happy and confident for a great 2009 and beyond. I want my World-Title back and this is just the first stepping-stone towards it”.
Dib, a phenomenal talent for one so young was the IBO Super-Featherweight champion at only 22 years of age and boasts a record of 22 bouts for 21 wins, and only 1 loss with 11 of those victories by knockout.
Billy’s only loss was when challenging for a second world-title at Featherweight to American Steven Luevano in Atlantic City in October, 2008.
The WBC World Youth and IBF Pan-Pacific Youth Titles are for boxers under 24yrs of age and carry significant presence with the governing bodies, hence a real plus to rankings position and future bouts. Already Billy is receiving interest from various Promoters in the US for bouts against current IBF and WBC champions respectively – Cristobel Cruz and Oscar Larios being mooted, as well as a possible re-entry to the Super-Featherweight ranks later on with the likes of WBO champion – Nicky Cook from the UK.
European Boxing Roundup
By Per Ake Persson: The undercard to Braehmer vs Kanfouah for the vacant EBU lightheavyweight title March 7 in Dresden features a rematch between WIBF and GBU jr bantam queen Alesia Graf and Magdalena Dahlen. Lightheavy Aleksy Kuziemsky and the Bedak brothers, Zsolt and Pal, are also on the bill. Zsolt isn´t bad at all but Pal appears to be one to follow extra close.
EBU welter champ Rafael Jackiewicz defends the title February 28 in Lublin, Poland, against Italian Luciano Abis. Bullit Knockout promotes the show.
EBU supermiddle titleholder Karo Murat will face Italian ex-champ and stablemate Cristian Sanavia February 28 in Neubrandenburg. In a supporting bout EU heavy ruler Francesco Pianeta defends against British veteran Michael Sprott.
Danish paper Ekstrabladet writes that "the Roadwarrior", Glen Johnson, is calling out for Mikkel Kessler in a fight to take place in the US made at 170 lbs. In one of Glen´s many trips he was in Copenhagen to spar with Mads Larsen. In the gym was also Kessler, then a newcomer in the pro game.
Mads Larsen appears to be out of the fight against IBF supermiddle champ Lucian Bute - nothing is confirmed though. Sauerland Event have an option for a defence by Bute but seems as if another Sauerland fighter, Ukrainian Vitaly Tsypko is a lot closer to a fight against Bute than Larsen, who then would be free to face Mikkel Kessler, a fight that already have received a lot of publicity in Denmark.
Graciano Rocchigiani has taken over as trainer for Arena´s Turkish jr welter star Selcuk Aydin. Aydin will do most of his training at "Rocky´s Gym" in Duisburg,
Swedish Champions Promotions have cancelled the show in Norrkoping that was planned for January 28. C P postponed the same show twice this past fall so it didn´t exactly come as a surprise that they cancelled.
Swiss heavy Nikola Vujasinovic have announced his retirement from boxing. Nikola goes out at 3-1.
Gennady Shatkov, one of the many great amateur boxers produced in what used to be USSR, have passed away at the age of 77. Shutkov won Olympic Gold in 56, European titles in 55 and 59 but lost in the quarterfinals of the 60 Olympics against one Cassius Clay.
Al Bernstein Boxing Channel to Air the Pay-Per-View Matches on January 14h
Hollywood, FL 1/14/2009 – iBN Sports, a premiere Internet-based broadcast sports television network announced that has reached a n agreement with Hollywood, Florida based Seminole Warriors Boxing, starting with the airing of its 2009 debut tripleheader over the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC) and iBN Sports. The January 14th event from the Hard Rock in Florida will be made available for Pay-Per-View fans along with a spectacular fight from the Seminole Warriors library of past events. The tripleheader live card will feature Edison Miranda, Sechew Powell and O’Neil Bell and is billed as the “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock.”
The agreement to broadcast this January match-up, a first of many Warriors Boxing events over the ABBC, represents iBN Sports’ commitment to bring engaging and competitive bouts to a new worldwide generation of boxing fans. In addition to showcasing the current! fights, iBN Sports will also offer Pay-Per-View packages from the Warriors’ action packed library.
For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com or contact Leon Margules at Seminole Warriors Boxing; http://www.warriorsboxing.com/ or LEON@WARRIORSBOXING.COM.
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