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. Continue reading
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (July 3, 2014) – Filipino knockout artist Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-1, 5 KOs) in eighth round of last night’s main event on a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Continue reading
(all pictures by Emily Harney)
MARK “Too Sharp” DAVIS(18-0), Cleveland, Ohio 130 LBS.
MICHAEL “Hammer Fist” FARENAS (38-4-4, 30 KOs), Paranaque City, Philippines 130 LBS.
(L-R): Michael Farenas-Mark Davis
CO-FEATURE – JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS (10) – ESPN
BILLY “The Kid” DIB (36-3, 21 KOs), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 131 LBS.
ALBERTO “Kichis” GARZA(26-7-1, 21 KOs), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 131 LBS.
(L-R): Algerto Garza-Billy Dib
LIGHTWEIGHTS (4) – ESPN
RYAN “Blue-Chip” MARTIN (6-0, 3 KOs), Cleveland, OH 135 LBS.
MATTHEW “Champ” BACA (4-1-1, 2 KOs), Albuquerque, New Mexico 135 LBS.
(L-R): Matthew Baca-Ryan Martin
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS (6)JIMMY WILLIAMS (6-0-1, 3 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut 150 LBS.
STEPHAN OWUSU(8-6, 4 KOs), Bronx, New York 149 LBS.
FEMALE JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS (6)
SHELLY “Shelito’s Way” VINCENT (11-0, 1 KO), Providence, Rhode Island 123 LBS.
NYDIA “Da Phenomenal” FELICIANO (7-5-3, 0 KOs), Bronx, New York 123 LBS.
NICK DE LOMBA (3-0, 0 KOs), Cranston, Rhode Island 144 LBS.
EDWIN SOTO (9-1-2, 4 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut by way of Puerto Rico 145 LBS.
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (6)
LUIS CRUZ (7-0, 4 KOs), Bronx, New York 139 LBS.
RYAN PICOU (1-2, 0 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS (4)
JUNIOR Sugar Boy” YOUNAN (4-0, 4 KOs), Brooklyn, New York 168 LBS.
AZAMAT UMARZODA (0-3-1), Las Vegas, Nevada 169 LBS.
PROMOTER: SMS Promotions
TELEVISION: Special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights
TICKETS: $100.00, $75.00 and $45.00 on sale online at www.foxwoods.com, calling Foxwoods’ box office at (800) 200-2882, or in person at Foxwoods’ box office. .
AFTER PARTY: Doors to the after party will open at 10:00 p.m. ET. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, calling Foxwoods’ box office at (800) 200-2882, or in person at Foxwoods’ box office.
DOORS OPEN: 6 p.m. ET FIRST BOUT: 7 p.m. ET ESPN2 BROADCAST: 9-11 p.m. ET
UBER PROMOTION: Uber will provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $20) to fight attendees on behalf of SMS Promotions. See full details below.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (June 19, 2014) – Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-3, 21 KOs) returns Wednesday, July 2 to the scene of arguably the most disappointing night of his professional career for a 10-round co-feature bout against former WBA featherweight title challenger Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs). Dib’s promoter, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, will present a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights at Grand Theater in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
In 2013, Dib lost his International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title belt at Foxwoods by way of a 12-round split decision (114-112, 112-114, 112-114) to undefeated Evgeny Gradovich. Dib also lost a rematch to Gradovich last November and the Australian has moved up one weight class to junior lightweight for his fight with Garza. Continue reading
Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (36-2, 21 KO’s) got back on the winning track on Friday night in defeating a ring rusty 33-year-old Mike Oliver (25-4, 8 KO’s) by a 10 round majority decision at the Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford, Connecticut. The final judges scores were 96-92, 96-92 and 94-94. Dib was docked a point each in rounds 2 and 3 for throwing low blows.
Oliver went on the canvas after the 1st point deduction and it’s unclear whether he was hurt by a body shot, the low blow or if he was merely acting so that he would get the point taken away from Dib. Whatever the case, Dib was docked a point for the shot. Referee Mike Ortega seemed to react a little quick in taking off a point in the first low blow. Continue reading
Australian boxer-puncher Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-2, 21 KOs) returns to the United States on a mission to recapture his world title belt. The former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion takes on local favorite “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature on the July 5thESPN Friday Night Fightsshow, airing live from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
“50 Cent’s Birthday Bash,” the first solo venture by rapper/promoter 50 Cent’s (Curtis Jackson) SMS Promotions, is headlined on ESPN Friday Night Fights by a potentially explosive 10-round war showcasing undefeated North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Association (NABA) light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs) against former world super middleweight title challenger Allan “Ghost Dog” Green (32-4, 22 KOs). Alvarez-Green is being presented in association with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). Continue reading
Exclusive interview by Adam Santarossa: Billy Dib returned to Australia days ago light on luggage after losing his world title and a pint or two short of blood following the ten staples that were needed for a cut to the back of his head and the fourteen stitches that were needed to seal the wound above his right eye.
I spoke with the former IBF Featherweight World Champion in an exclusive interview just days after his defeat and Dib says it’s only physical wounds he carries after his split decision point’s defeat to Evgeny Gradovich.
“The wounds that are healing are the actual wounds that I suffered in the fight. I suffered a few cuts on the eye and two cuts on the head that I’m recovering from. But other than that everything is good. My health is good and in due time I’ll be back in the ring getting ready for the next one. Continue reading
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (March 1, 2013) — In a early “Fight of the Year” candidate, Evgeny “The Mexican-Russian” Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs) upset defending champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-2, 21 KOs) by 12-round split decision for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title, in tonight’s main event in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The event was promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio.
In a grueling battle of attrition, Gradovich took the fight to Dib, who won the DBE first four rounds. Gradovich, however, won the last two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards.
“I feel good,” Gradovich commented. “I expected a very tough fight. Billy wasn’t going to give up his championship easily. My game plan was to use my aggression – pressure, pressure, pressure! For right now, I just want to rest and then I’ll be able to face the champions, contenders or top fighters in my division.” Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Unbeaten Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 KO’s) unseated IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (35-2, 21 KO’s) on Friday night in beating him by a 12 round split decision on Friday Night Fights at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
The judges had it scored 114-112 and 114-112 for Gradovich, and 114-112 for Dib. Gradovich took the action to Dib, backing him up constantly throughout the fight, and hitting him nonstop. The fight likely would have been a lot more one-sided than it already was had the referee not broken up the action quite so often.
It was like watching a replay of the Marcos Maidana vs. Amir Khan fight where the referee kept pulling Maidana off Khan while he was trying to finish off Khan on the inside. Continue reading
Multiplatinum recording artist and boxing promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson stopped by ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters yesterday to discuss ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tonight, which will feature IBF Featherweight titlist Billy Dib, promoted by 50 Cents SMS Promotions.
Tonight’s show will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN.
Tonight 50 Cent will be at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., where he will perform Dib’s walk out song.
50 Cent caught up with ESPN Front Row to talk about his love for boxing, his favorite ESPN show and commentators, tonight’s Friday Night Fights performance and more. Continue reading