Russian to challenge Dib

Billy Dib

THE innuendo surrounding Billy Dib’s US fight is over with unbeaten Russian Evgeny Gradovich the new challenger to Dib’s IBF featherweight title in the US on March 1.

The heavy-handed Gradovich replaces would-be opponent Luis Franco, whose shock withdrawal sent Dib’s camp into a spin just days ago.

‘‘It’s worked out quite well,’’ said Dib’s brother and manager Emaid.

‘‘It’s definitely going to be a lot tougher fight. He doesn’t take a step back but if you look at the fight stats, Billy Dib should win. He definitely has the more experience…read story >