Billy Dib v Jorge Linares WBC title fight November 10
Aussie sensation Billy Dib will fight Jorge Linares for the WBC
featherweight title at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 10.
That is provided he beats Mexican Eduardo Escobedo at the MGM Grand in
Las Vegas on September 15.
Dib, who hopes eventually to face Filipino king Manny Pacquiao, is
coming off a gritty points win over Jose Alberto Gonzalez on the
undercard to the richest fight in history between Oscar De La Hoya and
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Linares, a Venezuelan based in Japan, won the WBC title with a
devastating KO of Oscar Larios that finished the Mexican’s glorious
Dib has won all 16 of his pro fights, nine inside the distance and
returns to Vegas a month after another Aussie Michael Katsidis won
perhaps the most exciting fight of 2007 when he outpointed Filipino Czar
Amonsot to retain his WBO Interim lightweight title.
Escobedo is a solid opponent with 19 wins in 21 fights, 13 by KO.
The Aussie is promoted by De La Hoya and Shane Mosley and spends much of
the year living at Mosley’s LA mansion.
The fight with Escobedo will take place on the undercard of the WBC
super-featherweight title fight between Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez and
Houston's 2000 Sydney Olympic silver medallist Rocky Juarez.
Mosley and De La Hoya have promised Dib the November world title fight
against Linares if he beats Escobedo.
Dib, 21, has won his three fights for Golden Boy, outpointing Philip
Payne, Carlos Contreras and Gonzalez on major US promotions.
Escobedo, 23, from Mexico City, has been a pro since 2001 and last year
won the vacant WBC Youth featherweight title on the night Vic Darchinyan
retained his IBF flyweight title against Glenn Donaire at the Mandalay
Dib's dream since he started boxing to overcome his asthma has always
been to be the best in the world.
His brother and manager Emaid, who runs Australia’s leading BMW
dealership, said: ``Billy will be sparring Shane Mosley every day in
preparation for the September 15 fight and provided he wins he'll train
with Shane in the mountains at Big Bear, California for the November 10
bout at Madison Square Garden.
``Shane is fighting Miguel Cotto in the main event there and it promises
to be one of the biggest fight cards of the year.
``Shane has really taken Billy under his wing and believes he has the
style to beat Linares.’’
Dib said to win the WBC title would be a special honour since it was
previously held by his friend and boxing hero, Jeff Fenech.
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