With full belief in his skills, Billy Dib (47-6-0 2 NC, 27 KO’s) is once again resurrecting his boxing career. Now campaigning at Lightweight, the former World title holder wants another run at the biggest names in the sport in 2022.
As recently as 2018, Dib found himself in the World title picture, competing for the IBF Super Featherweight title against American Tevin Farmer (30-6-1, 6 KO’s).
Fast forward to March 19 and the veteran of over 50 fights will face off against one of Australia’s hottest Lightweight prospects in the form of undefeated 27 year old, Jacob ‘The Flamingo’ Ng (15-0 11 KO’s).
Speaking ahead of the highly anticipated clash, Dib opened up on why exactly he chose to fight a man nine years his junior, and why feels that the Queenslander will not be able to cope with his in-ring experience.
“I feel like I have faced a lot better opposition than Jacob. He wouldn’t be the toughest opponent I’ve fought before by a landslide, but I respect him as a fighter, he is undefeated,” he said.
“He is 15-0, so he obviously knows his way around the ring. My second last opponent was 15-0 as well. He was a big kid who was extremely talented who had been trained in America, but he couldn’t even handle me.
“I think it’s a great match up and a great opportunity for me to get rated in the Lightweight division. Jacob, as I said, has a great record of 15-0 but I feel like he is untested.”
Dib knows though, that despite the fact that he has fought for World titles in three different weight classes, Ng will bring the firepower come fight-night.
“Number one when you’re facing someone who is undefeated, you’re facing someone who doesn’t know how to lose,” he told.
“For me, it’s facing someone I need to break mentally, because mentally he Is strong he believes in himself and he is undefeated for a reason.
“To take somebody’s zero is not easy, but believe me I have been working like a man possessed, I haven’t worked this hard for a very long time and I haven’t left a stone unturned at this point.”
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Untested or not, the Kogarah-born Dib is adamant that as each round goes on, he will grow as a fighter. At every available turn, he will look to use the plethora of experience he has to dissect Ng, minute by minute.
Confident that he will walk away victorious, ‘The Kid’ wants to execute a strategy that will allow him to secure the first victory on his comeback trail.
“As I have gotten older, I have gotten smarter. It is not about training hard it’s about training smart,” the 36-year-old said.
“Now I have Billy Hussein who is my head boxing trainer and the great Hussein Hussein, we have a really solid team and we have been working hard on a brilliant game plan.
“It’s no secret [that] I am in the later stages of my career. I have been a lot more aggressive and that is exactly what I am going to be doing.
“I will be putting on the pressure and I know that will suit him, but I am a lot wittier than he is and a lot smarter.”
However, the 36-year-old boldly stated that he will continue fighting, should he emerge victorious. In fact, he is bullish about his future, targeting the biggest names in the Lightweight division.
“For me, it’s not about if I will be successful, because I already know I will be I am working extremely hard,” he concluded.
“So what that does for me is it puts me in the mix in the Lightweight division. You are talking fights against the likes of Devin Haney, Ryan Garica, Vasilly Lomachencko.
“I know that beating Jacob Ng will rate me really highly in the world of boxing, so why not? Another shot at a big name would be amazing.
“That is what I am working towards, but obviously as I said, you don’t come that far to come that far. To beat Jacob Ng and to be content with that would not be me. I’m not one of those people.
“I’m coming for all the cookies.”
ACE Boxing’s Ng vs Dib event goes down on March 19 and can be viewed on the promotion’s YouTube channel, here.
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