By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Nathan Butler
Former IBO 130 pound champion, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib (27-1, 15 KOs) and his team jetted out of Sydney on Sunday and were bound for Las Vegas via Los Angeles. The IBF No. 4 rated featherweight (126 lbs) will be working and sparring with fellow world rated, and multiple division champion, Celestino Caballero, who trains under the astute guidance of Jeff Mayweather in Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Billy and his trainer Billy Hussein will also support Sakio Bika in his upcoming IBF super middleweight eliminator bout on July 31 against Jean Paul Mendy on the Marquez-Diaz II undercard from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Following on from Las Vegas, both Dib and Hussein will head to LA to the famed ‘Wild Card’ establishment owned by Freddie Roach and pick up top class work and sparring there.
“This is a great time for me right now. I’ve moved up to No. 4 recently in the rankings and I’m the current IBF Pan-Pacific champion and I’m really looking forward to this trip to work with the champ Celestino. His world-class credentials are second to none and this level of work is what I’m hungry for right now!” Dib continued, “I want to continue developing and I’m very excited to be grabbing this opportunity for the work. My manager’s got some great fights lined up for me back home in the run home for 2010 and I want to capitalize with some great performances and put myself right in the mix for an IBF title shot. From Vegas, it’s on to the Wild Card and Billy already has top sparring and work lined up there for me also, it’s busy times!”
Dib’s most impressive win was a shutout points decision over world rated Rogers Mtagwa in Madison Square Garden, New York in 2007. Dib captured the IBO 130 pound title in 2008 when he outscored South African Zolani Marali but was outpointed in a WBO title shot against Steve Luevano in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.