Billy Dib has been there and done it in professional boxing. A former IBF world featherweight champion, and even a playable character on the legendary EA Sports Fight Night series.
Despite an already illustrious career, Dib is eyeing one more run at a world title, however, standing in his way is the highly touted, world-rated Australian, Jacob Ng.
It has been revealed that the Dib and Ng will clash on March 19 at the Star Casino on Australia’s Gold Coast on an ACE Boxing promoted event.
Dib discussed his advocacy on March 19, who sits in at the top end of the world rankings with both the WBO and IBF.
The 50+ fight veteran stated, “This is a fantastic fight for Australia, and it is a massive opportunity for me to put myself right back in contention for a world title clash. I want to thank Angelo Di Carlo and ACE Boxing for giving me this opportunity.
“I can’t speak highly enough of ACE Boxing. They are one of the best promoters I’ve ever worked with not just in Australia, but globally. They put on fantastic events and I consider Angelo and Alife Di Carlo as close as family. I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“Despite my love for the team at ACE Boxing, I’m coming to upset their guy. Jacob is a fantastic fighter and a really talented boxer. He has a massive future, that’s undoubted, but I believe my experience will play a factor in this fight. My boxing skill and IQ will win me this fight.”
Despite insisting that he has no plans to overlook the challenge of the heavy-handed Ng, however, a potential all Australian clash with George Kambosos is one that Dib is eyeing after a victory against Ng.
The New South Wales warrior continued, further outlining his plans. “I cannot stress enough how I am not overlooking Ng. He is a dangerous puncher and an athletic fighter. So I have to be switched on 100% come March 19.
“People may think it’s a disadvantage, but I feel fighting at lightweight is a massive advantage for me. It gives me that extra breathing space I’ve been needing for a few years to get 12 quality rounds out of myself and that’s what I’m going to need to emerge victoriously against Ng.
“If everything goes to plan on March 19, the two fights I would like is Tevin Farmer. I really want to avenge that loss. If that can’t happen and the stars align, a Billy Dib vs George Kambosos event in Australia would be massive. If it was for the world title and George was victorious against Teofimo Lopez it would be massive, so those possibilities make me even more motivated to get the win against Jacob Ng on March 19.”
Billy Dib vs Jacob Ng set for March 19 in the Star Casino, Gold Coast, Australia
Jacob Ng is set for a big step up, as he faces former world champion, Billy Dib, on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2022, in what is said to be one of Australia’s biggest upcoming boxing events.
Ng is currently undefeated and holds a lofty rating in both the IBF and WBO, being ranked number 5 in the world, and the hard-hitting native of Australia’s Gold Coast enters the toughest task of his career against Dib.
Ng discussed the opportunity to clash against the former IBF world champion.
The Aussie said, “This is a fantastic chance given to me by the ACE Boxing Group to fight a modern-day great in Billy Dib, it really is a dream come true and I fully intend on taking full advantage of this opportunity.
“I have tons of respect for Billy Dib. He has achieved a lot in boxing, but it’s my time to shine now and I want to send the world a statement with this performance. I truly believe this is the fight that will get me international recognition.”
Dib is known worldwide as a class act, most notably holding the IBF world title for a period in the 2010s. A competitor in 3 weight classes, Dib has traveled the world in his 50+ pro fight career, however, Australian’s know it’s hard to match a Queensland vs New South Wales rivalry.
Ng opened up about the old rivalry and what it means to come out on top in a Queensland vs NSW battle.
The big punching lightweight said, “It’s always a battle when Queensland and NSW clash in whatever sport, but this is going to be a special battle but I’m 100% confident its Queensland will come out on top.
“I’m already preparing for this, I’m a dedicated fighter. I have a great coach in my father Stephen Ng, and I’m constantly improving. I have to show everybody I’m ready to challenge for world titles with this performance and that is what I intend to do.
“Boxing is a lifestyle, not a part-time sport. This sport is the most important thing in my life away from my family. I have a desire to get to the top and that alone will win me this fight. My skills will win me this fight in style in front of the Queensland fight fans.”