By James Earl Pryde
Photos: Emily Harney
Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “the Kid” Dib (36-2, 21 KOs) won an unpopular majority decision over local favorite Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver (25-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dib established a good body attack early on. A low blow by Dib at the end of round two prompted an immediate point deduction from referee Mike Ortega. Dib was deducted another point in round three in round three. which pretty much stopped most of Dib’s bodywork. The bout continued with Dib trying to rough up the crafty Oliver on the inside with mixed results. Scores were 96-92, 96-92 and 94-94. It was Dib’s first fight since losing his world title to Evgeny Gradovich in March. Oliver had been out of action since an October 2011 KO loss to Juanma Lopez.
After the fight, Dib indicated he would exercise the option of a rematch clause to get another shot at Gradovich.
Undefeated lightweight Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (17-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Robert Osiobe (14-6-4, 6 KOs). Davis did more to win by scores of 78-74, 78-74, 77-75.
Welterweight Emmanuel DeJesus (4-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, winning a four round nod over Rikardo Smith (6-4, 1 KO). DeJesus dropped Smith in round two, but could’t finish him. Scores were 39-36, 39-36, 40-35.
The card was promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.