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Q&A: Billy Dib


By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

World rated featherweight Billy Dib talks to Fightnews and explains how he is chasing a return world title bout with WBO champion Steve Luevano, how his win in the USA over Rogers Mtagwa helped him achieve a goal to box in Madison Square Garden, how he would be keen to fight the WBA champion Chris John and a shot at IBF champion Cristobel Cruz is also on his radar.

You will be returning to ring action on Sunday when you will clash with Flash Villacuna of the Philippines. This will be your first fight since your controversial bout with Kenichi Yamaguchi. Please tell me about that fight.

It was an unfortunate outcome and a kick in the guts for myself and Australian boxing, but it is in the past now and I have to continue to strive for my goals and future success in the sport of boxing. Im looking forward to the bout on Sunday and once again showcasing my skills and getting a good result.

You scored good victories in the USA including an eight round shut-out against highly regarded Rogers Mtagwa. Please tell me about your wins in the USA.

Fighting in the USA allowed me to achieve some of my childhood goals. My victory over Rogers Mtagwa was the highlight as it gave me the chance to perform on the big stage in Madison Square Garden.

You were with Golden Boy Promotions during that time you boxed in the USA. Are you still with them? Who is your manager and trainer?

My relationship with Golden Boy Promotions could not be better, we are all still in contact and I look forward to possible future dealings with them. My trainer is well renowned and a student of the boxing game, Billy Hussein. I am currently being looked after by my brother, Emaid, but am still close to Nathan Butler.

Fightnews has you rated at #8 in the world featherweights ratings. You are rated above IBF world champion Cristobel Cruz, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Terdsak Jandaeg and Elio Rojas. Would you welcome a shot at the IBF champion Cristobal Cruz and would you be confident of victory.

I have total respect for all these contenders and would welcome a fight with any one of them. My management team had discussions with Cristobal Cruz, but unfortunately we could not come to a fair agreement. I would definitely welcome a fight with him on fair terms.

You are rated WBO #11. Would you welcome a rematch with Steve Luevano who defeated you in 2008? Please give details of the Luevano fight.

As I said after the fight with Steven Luevano, he was the better man only on that night and I look forward to cornering him into a rematch as I am confident enough in my ability with the right preparation that I would be victorious.

Your management was chasing a fight with IBF #7 Roinet Caballero. Is he still on your radar? Have you seen him on tape? Are you confident of victory?

I would love to fight any of the top featherweights in the world as I feel that it is time for me to break out and show the world what I really possess. I have seen Roinet Caballero on tape and am confident of not only a victory, but a knockout.

WBA featherweight champion Chris John is regarded by most experts as the best 126-pound boxer in the world. Are you interested in a bout with Chris John?

The saying goes in boxing, “You wanna be the best, you gotta beat the best”. I have a lot of respect for Chris but am totally confident that he and I would stage a great fight with of course the victor being me.

World class featherweight Jackson Asiku is based in Perth in Harrys Gym where Chris John trains under Craig Christian. Would you be interested in a bout with Asiku?

I would be interested in fighting Jackson as long as the chips are on even terms. I would love to show the world how overrated he is and although he has beaten some good fighters, in my opinion, he has caught them at the right time.

Your win over classy featherweight Davey Browne is regarded as one of the best Australian fights for 2009. Please give me your thoughts.

The simple instruction from my trainer, Billy Hussein, was to go out there and steal the show and I believe that is what I did. The best thing to happen to me was losing that fight to Steven as it helped me to put my career into perspective and showed me how much I really want to be the best that I can be.

Please make any comments you feel that Fightnews fans would be interested in.

I really want to thank my family and fans for all the ongoing support. A special thank you to Edi and Rudy for their ongoing support. Keep the faith and the best is yet to come.

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