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20 APRIL 2018


Billy The Kid Guns Down Maratas

By Derek Bonnett: Australia’s young super featherweight prospect Billy “The Kid” Dib has had to work through a number of letdowns in the last couple of months.

Since 2006 Dib has been primarily fighting in the United States and catching the eye of the boxing public. With each win, Dib showed improvement and gained experience against a higher caliber of opposition. After a late 2007 victory over Rogers Mtagwa it appeared as though some big things were about to happen for the twenty-two year old orthodox fighter.

However, proposed bouts with the top ranked Orlando Salido and, WBC featherweight world champion, Jorge Linares fell through for no good reason. Dib had already begun preparations for both fights before having to settle for lesser opposition. Instead of Salido, Dib faced a tougher than expected Edgar Fabian Vargas and delivered a flat performance in securing a split decision.

With the Linares disappointment fresh in mind, Dib knew he needed to find a different approach and could not allow his new opponent Leon Maratas, 8-2 (3), any leverage.

“Billy has moved on with Linares’ decision not to take the fight and will just keep his head up and hopefully soon be able to force a fight with any of the champions,” said Dib’s brother and manager Emaid.

Maratas was a far cry from Linares, Salido, or even Vargas, but the May 16 bout allowed Dib to score the type of win he needed to boost his spirits. On top of that, he got to do it in front of a home crowd in New South Wales, Australia.

Like the crowd in New South Wales, Emaid Dib had a pleasant response.
“I was very pleased with Billy’s performance last night,” Emaid reflected. “His jab and combinations were terrific and the call of double jab and left hook from his new trainer, Johnny Lewis, was the knockout combination. I was pleased with the performance especially considering this was his first fight with his trainer Johnny.”

The goal for Team Dib is to keep busy and stay on course with the original objective.

“We will try and have another fight in Australia to stay active as the next fight in the USA is not until September,” Emaid revealed. “Billy would love to fight for a world title soon, but we’ll follow Golden Boy’s instructions. Ideally we would love to move up the rankings and force a fight with one of the world champions.”

Negative occurrences are said to happen in groups of three. If this is the case, then Billy Dib got them out of the way following the loss of his world championship title opportunity and can look forward to a more productive 2008.

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