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
"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
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
notebook from .
. . 2014 . .
Words spoken by Real Gentlemen
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.
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!!
zeitgeist was introduced here. Like a breath of fresh air.
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
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.
breath of fresh air.
by both gentlemen are words spoken like true gentlemen.
dedicated to my friend J. Monte and to the one's we love!!!
C.I.O. Favorite IT
Chairman of Champions: World
Professional Boxing Federation and United States Boxing
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
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
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.