Billy Dib Q&A: On 50 Cent, Luis Franco, Prince Naseem Hamed, Billy Hussein and more
Doghouse Boxing Interview w/ Billy Dib: On 50 Cent, Luis Franco, His Career and more By Daniel Smart, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 31, 2013)
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Directly after his press conference to announce his 5th defence of his IBF featherweight strap, I caught up with Aussie Billy Dib to discuss his upcoming fight with Cuban Luis Franco on ESPN Friday Night Fights on March 1st at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket CT, his second foray into the US market, and his relationship with his promoter 50 Cent and his trainer and mentor Billy Hussein.
Make no mistake, Aussie world champ Billy Dib is a talent. The IBF world featherweight champion is headlining ESPN Friday Night Fights on March 1st at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, CT in defence of his world title, an event the slick boxer from down under is very excited about. This is a dream opportunity for Dib to re establish himself back in the US after his first stint with Golden Boy Promotions didn't pan out.
“ I am definitely excited about this event, March 1st is going to be amazing. I have just been told by ESPN the fight will be shown in 100 million homes worldwide and it is also a great opportunity to fight at the same venue Prince Naseem did when he knocked out Willie Sanchez, and to re establish myself, this is a massive opportunity for me.”
Part of Dib's move back to the US market obviously has a lot to do with his new promotional team, SMS Promotions and its founder, rap star 50 Cent. A point Dib is not lost on
“ Things are going really good with 50. He's not only my promoter, but we also have a really good friendship, he has been really good to myself and my brother Emaid (Dib's manager). He is only ever a phone call away and he has made us promises and has delivered on them. In terms of this fight with Luis Franco, we've ticked all the boxes and we're going to put on a great show because 50 is amazing at putting on promotions., him and Lou DiBella together.
I am very confident of winning this fight, I am slicker, faster and stronger than him(Franco), I've got to make sure I don't let the event get to me and I have to put on a strong performance. I get to showcase my abilities and show everyone I belong on the world stage and get another great win for Australian boxing”
Dib has learnt a lot about himself and the sport since his 1st foray into the US, a loss to Steven Luevano in 2008 for the WBO featherweight world title. He makes no excuses about his loss and says it has made him a much better fighter.
“ You know there is no excuses, the better man won on the night, I accept the loss and out of that loss good things have come, it has inspired me to really put my head down and work harder and as a result I have gone on to capture the IBF title”.
I get the sense from Dib that without so many words, a lot of his comeback after that loss has to do with his trainer and mentor, the astute and well respected, Billy Hussein.
“ I definitely don't take anything away from previous trainers, but Billy has molded me into a complete fighter, a more defensive style of fighter and I have also a more impressive knockout ratio. Billy has brought the best out in me and not only has he been a good trainer, but a good mentor and a father figure as well. Nothing he has taught me has let me down, basically every game plan has come to fruition, he is the best trainer in Australia in my opinion”
Friday Night Fights “Dib vs Franco” is for the IBF featherweight world title, airs on March 1st and is televised live on ESPN.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to see a very talented Billy Dib in action!.
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