Australian Billy Dib is looking forward to a good old fashioned ‘punch up ‘ when he defends his IBF featherweight title against undefeated challenger Evgeny ‘The Mexican Russian’ Gradovich in the 12-round main event at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on March 1.
The card is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and SMS Promotions, owned by multiplatinum recording artist and entrepreneur 50 Cent.
Speaking about his upcoming title defence Dib said: “I am really excited to be headlining against the ‘Mexican Russian,’” Dib said. “It is going to be an all-out punch up. The fans can definitely expect to see a great fight on March 1st.”
Gradovich, a native of Russia, is trained by 2012 Boxing “Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia and he is looking forward to fighting for a world title “Becoming a world champion has been a life-long dream of mine, and on March one, I will finally have that chance,” Gradovich said. “This is going to be a very special night for me, as not only am I fighting for my first world title, but the entire country will have the opportunity to watch it. I am already in great shape and I am going to show the world what I am capable of come March one.”
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit light middleweight titlist Willie “The Great” Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) against former light middleweight titlist Michael Medina (26-3-2 19 KOs). Nelson is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over previously undefeated 2008 Olympian John Jackson, while Medina is looking to build momentum after an eight-round unanimous decision win over James Winchester.
February 27, 2013