The stakes are high for Australian junior lightweight contender Billel “Baby Face” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs), who takes the next step toward a world title shot on April 21, at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK. He will be facing Cleveland power-hitter Yuandale Evans (18-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout, with the vacant WBA-NABA junior lightweight title on the line. It will be the 27-year-old Dib’s third bout in the United States, all taking place in the past 12 months.
Over the last two weeks, four fighters on DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) roster have registered impressive victories to end the year. On Saturday, December 10, Ivan Baranchyk and Billel Dib entertained the crowd at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK, with thrilling battles. Featherweight Ryan Kielczweski and junior lightweight Tevin Farmer each dazzled their hometown fans with dominant outings, on Saturday in Quincy, Mass., and in Philadelphia on December 2, respectively. All four are poised to secure breakout opportunities in 2017.
Making his fourth straight appearance tomorrow at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK, where he has built a strong local following, undefeated junior welterweight contender Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Wilberth Lopez (15-6, 10 KOs), of Tucson, AZ, in an eight-round bout. Australian junior lightweight contender Billel Dib (20-1, 10 KOs) will also see action on the undercard.
Born in Russia, raised in Belarus and now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, the 23-year-old Baranchyk is coming off an impressive 10-round unanimous decision victory over Chinese amateur standout Wang Zhimin (7-0) that was televised by SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” series on September 23. Extended the 10-round distance for the first time, Baranchyk, known as a knockout artist, proved he had the stamina and technical ability to expertly outbox his foe en route to winning with scores of 100-90 twice, and 99-91. With the victory, Baranchyk, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Fight Promotions Inc., and Holden Productions’ Four State Franchise, seized the USBA junior welterweight title. It was his third fight on ShoBox, with the other two bouts lasting a combined two minutes and 49 seconds, having scored highlight reel first-round knockouts over Shadi Shawareb (9-0-2) last December and Nicholas Givhan (16-0-1) in March. It was against Givhan that Baranchyk picked up the WBC USNBC 140lb. belt.