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BILLEL DIB CONTINUES HIS QUEST
FOR A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

FACES YUANDALE EVANS FOR VACANT NABA JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

BUFFALO RUN CASINO, MIAMI, OK

New York, NY/Miami, OK (4/10/17) - The stakes are high for Australian junior lightweight contender Billel "Baby Face" Dib (21-1, 10 KOs), who takes the next step toward a world title shot on April 21, at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK. He will be facing Cleveland power-hitter Yuandale Evans (18-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout, with the vacant WBA-NABA junior lightweight title on the line. It will be the 27-year-old Dib's third bout in the United States, all taking place in the past 12 months.

Training camp is underway for Dib, who left his wife and two young children behind in his hometown of Sydney, Australia, to train with German Caicedo, in Miami, FL. This is a new routine for Dib, who plans to hold all future US training camps in Miami with the respected veteran trainer Caicedo as well.

"The US is the Mecca of boxing," said Dib. "The sparring is on a different level here and Caicedo has been in boxing for a long time having built many champions. I have to succeed at this. I miss so much of my kids growing up that it has to be worth it."

Fighting in the US is both a necessity and a dream for Dib.

"Every professional fighter aspires to fight in the States," said Dib. "I love fighting at home in front of my family and friends, but to be recognized as an elite fighter, I have to showcase my talent in the States. Every win is another step toward earning a world title shot. I am excited to be fighting for the NABA belt against a strong and experienced opponent like Evans."

A pro since 2009, Yuandale Evans is a devastating puncher, with eight of his 14 knockouts coming in the first round. In May 2011, Evans won the interim WBC Youth Intercontinental junior lightweight title. He has impressive wins over former Filipino champion Adones Aguelo and former world title challenger Emmanuel Lucero. Following a three-year hiatus, Evans returned to the ring with two explosive knockout victories and is anxious to regain the career momentum he once built prior to his only defeat.

I am very thankful that Lou DiBella has given me a chance to prove my talent and skill to the boxing world and to work with me on this fight," said Evans. "I've waited five years for an opportunity like this and I am ready to demonstrate that I am the best at what I do."

Dib comes from a fighting family, the most notable of whom is his first cousin, former world champion Billy Dib.

"For a long time, I was known as 'Billy's cousin', but now I'm coming into my own," said Dib.

The notoriety that he's enjoyed in his home country has also opened unexpected doors for Dib, who was named an Ambassador for Islamic Relief Australia. Prior to beginning camp to prepare for Evans, Dib helped raise over $200,000 for the organization and spent three weeks in Lebanon working with Syrian and Pakistani refugees.

"This is something I want to continue to do as my career progresses," said Dib. "I felt selfish walking away and returning to my life. I want to return as soon as possible, and help build houses for refugees in Lebanon."

Dib, who garnered the attention of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) when he captured the interim WBO Oriental junior lightweight title in 2015, is now ranked #7 by the sanctioning body. He is also rated #13 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

"I'm thankful to Lou DiBella for the opportunity to fight in the States," said Dib. "He's an honorable man, and DiBella Entertainment is a great, reputable boxing promotional company. I will fight anyone that is put in front of me. Tell me the date and whom I'll be fighting, and I'll be ready. I want to fight the top guys in my division."

His father, Mahamad Dib, is also grateful for the opportunity for his son to fight in the US under the DiBella banner.

"This is a stepping stone for a world title. He will not be deterred," said the senior Dib.

"Billel Dib is a highly talented, world class junior lightweight contender," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I'm thrilled to be able to keep him active in the US to increase his exposure in front of a stateside audience, as he works his way toward world title contention. He'll have a chance to move another step closer on April 21, facing a very tough opponent in Yuandale Evans, with the NABA title at stake. I'm also happy to again work with Holden Productions on what will be a tremendous card at Buffalo Run Casino."

Dib challenges Yuandale Evans for the WBA-NABA junior lightweight title on Friday, April 21, at Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK. The event is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions. Tickets are $75, $65, $55 and $35, and are available at buffalorun.com. Doors open at 7:00pm CT, with the first bell set for 8:00pm CT.

 

 

 

 

 notebook from . . . 2014 . .

Words spoken by Real Gentlemen 

Something different has been happening between two present champions, that signals a positive force for boxing. A breath of fresh air. The two combatants; eight division world champion Congressman Manny 'Pacman'  Pacquiao (56-4-3) 38KO's and Chris ' The Scholar' Algieri, WBO champion (20-0) 8Ko's, will  get it on in Macao, China on HBO PPV November 22, 2014.

 Attendees that attended the press conference , soon realized the two combatants developed a symbiosis relationship while sharing the plane and hotel environment then traveling 27,000 miles together to Macao Shanghai, Los Angeles, and New York.

 Instead of the imbued rhetorical barnacles of most boxing pressers, where the vitriol usually goes viral. The atmosphere was almost "kumbaya" as in all is well. Without the unctuous platitudes. A breath of fresh air. A de rigueur for this presser was top shelf. WOW!!

 A new zeitgeist was introduced here. Like a breath of fresh air.

 Congressman Manny Pacquiao, eight division world champion (56-5-2) 38KO's stood up and approached the podium, as he did, he glanced over to his left at his opponent Chris  Algieri, WBO World Jr. Welterweight Champion (20-0) 8KO's and grinned with a simpatico friendship and respectful hue. He spoke highly of his opponents and praised him about his lastsuccessful outing. But, spoke of how Algieri was light on experience, but durable in heart.

 Pacman predicted he would be the victor. As sure as the Sparrows return to San Juan Capistrano we know Pacman will return with his A game.

 When it was Chris Algieri (20-0), 8 KO's turn he spoke of his juggernaut rise to the WBO Jr. Welterweight within a few years. He also glanced to his right and acknowledged Pacmans abilities and eyed him with admiration. He also sited he'd be victories that night November 22, 2014 HBO-PPV. Nobody spoke of grudges, no animus was projected here, no bad mouthing.

 Like a breath of fresh air. 

Words spoken by both gentlemen are words spoken like true gentlemen.

 This is dedicated to my friend J. Monte and to the one's we love!!!

 Contributing Journalist:

 Bazooka

 Cutman

 C.I.O. Favorite IT

 Chairman of Champions: World Professional Boxing Federation and United States Boxing

Council (WPBF-USBC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADIES STEAL SHOW AT LONG ISLAND CITY

Long Island City NY January 19th  -- There was a time many tears ago when an event like this would never happen, but the women took the show at Ronson Frank's Uprising Promotions card Saturday night, engaging in three title bouts that had the fans on edge. And although all the favorites won, their opponents kept the pressure on and  hungered for that elusive title belt.

It was for the vacant UBF International title, and Eileen Olszewski, needed all 110lbs of skill to thwart off a willing Jodie Esquibel, also 110 in a six round fight. Olszewski seemed flatfooted at times as Esquibal pressed the action but was unable to land effectively as both fighters clinched in the trenches. The Mongoose tagged Esquibel with combinations through rounds three and four that forced Esquibel to hold and recoil. As the fight progressed Esquibal's punch output reduced, and what seemed close after three turned out to be a unanimous victory for the "Mongoose" by the scores of 59-55 (2X) and 58-56. TRUFAN had it 58-56 for Olszewski.     

The Main Event saw Keisha "Fire" Mcleod Wells win a well fought 10 round decision over a stalking Monica Flores and a gain of the WIB flyweight title. Flores pressed the action throughout but McLeod Wells had planned to box the entire night. And the strategy paid off -- the jab was finding its mark and the points were being accumulated round after round. Flores had trouble reaching her taller foe but finally caught Wells with a right in the last round that had "Fire" fleeing and going into bicycle mode till the final bell rang. Flores had her moments, but McLeod-Wells copped the decision and the crown with a 97-93 (2x) and 96-94. TRUFAN had it 96-94.

Jennifer Santiago, 117lbs, may have been the best performer of the night, and her Canadian opponent, Peggie Maerz, from Salem Arm, British Columbia, was willing but unfortunately punching at air. Santiago, who excelled in the amateurs a decade ago, has decided to pursue a pro career after years of kick-boxing. She improved to 3-0 with a unanimous six round decision.  

HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION BOUT OF NIGHT

The they're the heavyweights. Once the dominant division in boxing, you could see why if you saw Solomon Maye and Eugene Russell duke it out pillar to post for 4 rounds. No breaks, but a free swinging, brash brawling attraction bout that every card should have. The problem was that Maye, 234lbs, started to run out of gas midway through the third round, being trapped on the ropes and getting clocked by right crosses. Although Russell, 241, got the better of the exchanges, Maye rocked Russell with vicious left hooks that stunned him before the barrage on Maye continued. In the fourth, Maye was now taking more shots and his output waned before the referee stopped the contest a minute through the round.

In earlier action, Travis Hall, 126, wore the trademark Spartan trunks and acted the same, dropping a  game Angel Siguenza, 127, with a straight right to the head midway through the 2nd. The problem with Hall is that he had his opponent on the run and ready to go but let him off the hook, As the referee was looking to stop the bout in the last frame, Hall loaded up as Siguenza ducked and dodged and avoided the traffic as the bell sounded. Hall settled for a UD, 40-35 (2x), and 40-36 . . .

The first bout of the evening ended in a KO as Italy Martinez, 139 was rocked early, but returned the favor and stopped Oscar Diaz, 137 with a barrage of punches that had Diaz on the floor twice. Diaz seemed bewildered as the referee stopped the bout at 1:38 of the 1st.

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